Wednesday, November 08, 2006

March Of The Penguins

Luc Jacquet


Luc Jacquet’s breathtaking documentary about Antarctica’s emperor penguins surfaces in the UK with the dubious honour of having ‘done a “Passion” ’ – that is, it’s got middle America, traditionally unimpressed by Hollywood’s diet of bad language and sex, off its collective ass and into cinemas.

US right-wing critics have praised its purportedly pro-family-values depiction of the penguins’ arduous breeding process and its concomitant case for creationism, but sitting down to watch the film you realise that to think such things you’d have to be, well, a bit stupid. Ah.