4 Stars

On paper, a film devoted solely to the journeys of migratory birds doesn’t sound all that interesting. However, in execution, this film is a cinematic masterpiece with awe-inspiring cinematography. Filmed over three years, the film follows bird migrations in seven continents in all types of conditions, from deserts to snow-capped mountains to lush green countrysides.

The first thing that strikes you about this film is its amazing cinematography. Birds were filmed using a variety of light aircraft and remote controlled planes and helicopters giving the perspective and feeling of actual flight. It feels like you are migrating with them–it is truly astounding. The shots obtained in this film have no equal and will probably be forever known as the best bird footage ever captured on film. It sets the standard by which all other bird documentaries will be judged.

Additionally, the soundtrack captures the emotion of flying through the air with these birds in their amazing journeys and the narration is informative but unobstrusive. This is not only the best bird documentary, but it is the best animal documentary I have ever seen. It is just short of a five-star rating because it is still a movie about birds–but it’s the best movie about birds ever.

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