Movie Review: March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

28 Nov 2018 / 11:20 H.

TEN YEARS after the ground-breaking and Oscar-winning documentary, March of the Penguins, was released, we return to Antarctica to witness these majestic creatures go through their daily lives once again.

The opening scene showing how the male penguin is able to spot his chick in a sea of thousands through a distinctive call, hits you right in the heart.

The rest of the documentary takes you on a poignant journey, following a male and female Emperor Penguin coming together to create a new life, just like their ancestors before them.

Essentially, they are excellent parents and partners in child rearing.

They take turns looking after the egg until it's hatched, and take turns travelling great distances to eat and then feed their chick.

We get to watch the chick growing from a frail lttle hatchling into a big fluffy baby.

We see the dangers, and witness heartbreak, but the ultimate one has more to do with what makes a family in the world of the Emperor Penguin.

The beautiful footage of this frozen barren wasteland, and superb underwater shots, are enhanced by the voice of Morgan Freeman as he narrates these creatures' tale.

Penguin love and penguin life are complicated, but they make for great viewing.

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