IMAX: Born To Be Wild
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
'Born to Be Wild' observes various orphaned jungle animals and their day-to-day behavioral interactions with the individuals who rescue them and raise them to adulthood. The film unfurls in two separate geographic spheres, one following baby orangutans and other, baby elephant calves.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This was the first time I ever watched one of these IMAX nature documentaries and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. From the description, I expected this film to be filled with depressing stories about what happened to these animals and their families to wind up in these orphanages. Instead, the film focuses more on the wonderful people who devote their lives to raising these orphans and making sure they grow up healthy to ensure that someday they can return back to the wild.
BORN TO BE WILD is a pretty short feature, clocking in at just over 40 minutes. Morgan Freeman narrates the story as we go back and forth from the orangutan and elephant orphanages. What makes this worth watching though isnít the compelling story or the A-lister voice attached to it, but instead for the sheer beauty of the film itself. Every little detail is picked up on your screen and instead of watching a movie, itís almost like youíre watching whatís going on through a window.
Wonderfully Wild Webisodes: These are a series of six webisodes that take us on location and give us a look behind the scenes of the IMAX film. We get a more in-depth look at the people who run the orangutan sanctuary and the elephant sanctuary as well as learn what it was like to make the film itself. Theyíre called webisodes since Iím assuming they were aired on perhaps IMAXís web site, but really as far as special features go, theyíre basically just mini featurettes.
I think that these nature movies teach us a lot about things that we donít normally encounter on a day-to-day basis. That being said, IMAX BORN TO BE WILD is no Planet Earth. Itís not hours and hours of footage along with hours and hours more of special features. This is a pretty short feature that pretty well gets right to the point and showcases what it sets out to. Itís beautiful, itís effective and definitely worth checking out, but Iím not entirely sure if itís worth owning. To me, this is a one-time watch kind of film, but if you like this sort of thing and can enjoy it more than once, then itís probably right up your alley.