Sunday, December 11, 2005

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS - not a patch on Attenborough

There is not a whole lot I want to say about this documentary. It shows a bunch of Emperor penguins making the annual migration to Antartica where they mate. That's it. The penguins look cute. The scenery looks majestic. The cinematography is worth a look alone. However, you do have to contend with a ridiculous narration from Morgan Freeman which ascribes all sorts of human emotions to the penguins. This will jar to British audiences raised on a diet of scrupulously scientific natural history programmes by Sir David Attenborough. So on that level, while it succeeds as a visual spectacle, THE MARCH OF THE PENGUINS fails as a documentary.

As a side issue, THE MARCH OF THE PENGUINS has become the second-highest grossing documentary in US history after FAHRENHEIT 9-11. This is largely because a bunch of American Christian critics thinks that the movie underlines the divine hand in creation and the need to get back to fundamentally Christian values like monogamy and raising your kids. I have no problem with people reading messages onto movies, but I would just like to point out that being a responsible parent is not a uniquely Christian, or even religious, virtue. Moreover, penguins can also be gay.

THE MARCH OF THE PENGUINS is on general worldwide release.


  1. Moreover bina, the penguins were marching all that way to have SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE - what kind of an example is that to our young impressionable children? It's almost as bad as Brokeback Mountain.

  2. I was going to make an off-colour joke about the no-chicks rule for the disciples, but I already have John Paul II on my ass about my review of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe....