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Gorgeous slow-motion footage of birds caught midflight against black backdrops is enthralling, although the doc tends to flit between narratives.
For the most part, The Messenger does for songbirds what Winged Migration did for big birds.
The slow-motion close-ups alone should convince you these magnificent creatures are well worth the effort.
Filmmaker Su Rynard never loses sight of the winged tunesters' sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull.
Over all, the arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance.
The filmmakers, like the songbirds they advocate for, are only messengers, but their message is persuasive and terrifying.
The Messenger has no life or spark to it, failing to provide an in for the audience, who remain on the outside looking in for the entirety of its bland existence.
The loving passion of these activists makes a huge impression, and the birds themselves are spectacular.
First they came for the dolphins, then they came for the honeybees; now they come for the songbirds. Unless we stand up for all of them, we are next.
A Canadian documentary about songbirds as another species at risk.
Everything in this film is beautifully, evocatively shot, and effectively scored by the birds themselves.
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