Koko, le gorille qui parle (Koko, a Talking Gorilla) Reviews
It's impossible to imagine anyone watching this and not coming away with the conclusion that that teaching a gorilla is not a gimmick. This animal not only communicates with her trainer, but also other trainers and even other gorillas. By doing things like combining signs so she can better express herself, she should prove beyond a doubt that she is an intelligent being.
Again, it might not be a particularly well constructed documentary, but the subject is so engaging, it's tough to avoid.
"Koko, a Talking Gorilla," is the story of a gorilla that can perform sign language and can therefore, communicate. The scientists even confide stories of Koko making up words for herself as well as lying. She has a definite and distinct personality; one that is uniquely hers. Unfortunately, the film is rather bogged down with extended shots of not much happening. Or rather, it felt like I was watching the same 10-15 minutes of footage for an hour, and then the film got quite interesting.
But maybe that's the point isn't it? After all, this film is a profile on Koko. We are supposed to see how Koko lives her life. Maybe my boredom was her boredom. Penny Patterson, the lead scientist, not only needs to repeat herself several times to Koko, but is also rather scolding towards her. It's like watching a mother trying to get her 2 year old daughter to talk to her non-stop. It gets annoying. It gets old. It gets uncomfortable.
If language is the nature of humanity - that is, if the reason humans are different from the animals is in our ability to communicate and relate to one another, then who are we to try to "humanize" an animal?
On the other hand, Koko doesn't know any better. The camera convincingly shows her as an animal. She is not human. Any sense of humanization can't get past the fact that this is a gorilla. This animal will never be able to talk in order to truly express herself. She'll never know she doesn't act like a gorilla. Just like how she'll never know she doesn't act like a human. If she knew, she'd no longer be a gorilla.
Like I said, this movie is beautifully unbiased. It's constructed to present both sides of the issue in equal light without favoring either. After watching, I was sympathetic for everyone and I was sympathetic for no one. It was exactly what the title said it was going to be. I got a profile of Koko, a talking gorilla.
Koko was teached by her patron Dr Penny Patterson. She could tickle a lady and asking the lady to tickle her back, asking for more apples, and even requesting dr Penny to wear her the red sweater not the orange ones when they want to take a walk.
A genuine look at the everyday lives of the amazing gorilla.