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The movie invokes a childlike curiosity with the natural world and communicates sincere admiration for the people who tend to it.
The film is basically 80 minutes of bird-watching, but Irving has a knack for storytelling that makes the time, like those birds, fly away effortlessly.
It's a nature film with a very personal entry point. Two, really. The fate of these birds, which, the film tells us, could live into their 40s, becomes as engrossing as many a human drama.
Whatever you think you know about pelicans, "Pelican Dreams" will surprise you.
It's a nicely photographed study of California's brown pelicans, fascinating birds with a spectacular divebombing method of feeding.
Thankfully devoid of the cutesy anthropomorphizing that afflicts so many Disney nature documentaries, Pelican Dreams will give you a new appreciation for these creatures sometimes referred to as "flying dinosaurs."
Seabirds shine in leisurely-paced, educational documentary.
Irving illuminates the lives of pelicans along the Pacific Coast through her patient observation and lush, loving photography of Gigi and her fellow pelicans' charm, gawkiness, and ongoing conflicts with humans.
With Pelican Dreams, Irving again delivers personal observations about curious creatures in a manner that's part nature doc and part meditative exploration. The result is as mixed as the process.
If you like pelicans -- and what's not to like? -- you'll like this documentary.
Irving is slow and deliberate in showing the birds, and her personal narration makes it clear she finds pelicans just about the most fascinating creatures on earth.
Stunning, informative and captivating. You'll have a much deeper understanding of and passion for pelicans.
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