It is a beautifully shot movie – the pictures of Antarctica with it’s blue-white ice are amazing, and the occasional shot of the penguins in the water are very impressive. Would you like to jump into freezing/frozen water and film penguins underwater in the middle of the polar winter? Me either.
A fair bit of controversy has surrounded this film. It won the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and was more successful at the box office than any of the films that were nominated for the Best Picture award.
Conservatives in the USA have praised the film for promoting
family values, which is not really backed up by the facts – the penguins are monogamous on an annual basis, then they all swap partners for the next years breeding. Also the footage of the penguins has brought up the arguments for and against intelligent design.
We found the movie engrossing – Priscilla couldn’t bear to watch at times – and thoroughly entertaining. It’s only 85 minutes long, so if you don’t catch it at the movies, make sure you spend the couple of dollars when it comes out on DVD.