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Hypnotic slo-mo images of honeybees flapping their wings are about all that distinguishes the docu Vanishing of the Bees from a well-researched article on its subject.
There's little form to the structure, the editing is amateurish and the narration is puerile. It's a worthwhile subject - but the film is too poor to justify a release.
Langworthy and Henein sketch out the way this crisis has entered Hollywood's consciousness, in the form of M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi clunker The Happening.
A cogent documentary exploring the causes of the global disappearance of honeybees who play such a crucial role in our ecosystem.
Both frightening and inspiring.
Shines a light on a fascinating and important subject, but also suffers some from comparatively lax filmmaking, failing to provide the sort of detail which would more robustly engage the typical layperson viewer.
Well intentioned and urgent - but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op.
A serious, didactic, rather rambling documentary.
After watching this, you'll probably end up worrying as much as they do.
Fascinating subject expertly covered.
Its US focus is disappointing considering the global issues, the sound mix is terrible in places, there's some iffy animation.
Of course something has to change. But let's start with the eco-doc format.
This documentary explores the environmental implications of a mysterious disappearance of bees.
More optimistic than most environmentalist documentaries, which of have a tendency to doom-say one to death, this film contains some decent information that promotes organic farming and a reduction in our use of pesticides, calling in one of the usual suspects in this conversation, Michael Pollan. I also found it interesting how connected bees are with the eco-system. However, the narration is probably written by a four-year-old, and Ellen Page reads it like she's trying to entertain a grade school class.
Overall, in an age when we find information on film more digestible than information written, The Vanishing of the Bees is worth watching, but it's not much of a film.
I didn't think it was a great documentary, but the subject was interesting.
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