If you think Happy Feet or March of the Penguins was an eye-opening movie when it comes to environmental awareness and human response to environmental issues, you will be blown away after you watch Cry of the Penguins. My good friend, Ginni, and I just finished watching this moving story about a biologist who goes to Antarctica to study the Adélie penguins, and we both agree that this movie brings the viewer to realize the day to day struggle of all creatures in different habitats. By the end of the film, the biologist, Mr. Forbush, played by John Hurt, learns that all species depend on every other species to survive. That lesson can be applied to the daily lives of people everywhere, not just the experiences of the main character.
What does it take for a person to learn to value the importance of every living species and every habitat? In the case of Mr. Forbush, his isolation from the day to day comings and goings in London allowed him to look beyond the scope of his life and see the importance of all life through his time with the Adélie penguins. He grew attached to these penguins, and even considered himself their father and caretaker. This was a true tale of courage, a story of a man who thought his life was just about his immediate surroundings. I think now that many times dramatic events engender major changes of heart and the drive to protect the environment, or even penguins.
Ginni has a reaction to this moving film also. Here, in her own words, are her thoughts:
"Cry of the Penguins brings a startling human element to the observation of the great drama of life playing itself out on the seemingly barren expanses of Antarctica. Young Mr. Forbush, a biology graduate student more occupied with going to pubs and chasing after girls than with his classes, takes up an offer from one of his professors to go down to do population studies on a colony of Adélie penguins, merely to impress Tara, a fellow student who wants nothing to do with him.
"It is fascinating to watch Forbush's transformation from boisterous playboy to a deeply changed man as he watches the day to day challenges of the birds he becomes so fondly attached to, as well as going through several himself. Bit by bit, he comes to a genuine conclusion that all species are dependent on each other in some way or another, often beyond our immediate comprehension. I would definitely recommend it to anybody who wants a true look into the lives of Adélies and the ones who have watched them."
If you liked Happy Feet or March of the Penguins, you might want to pick up a copy of this movie. If you're an environmentalist, you will definitely appreciate the main character's passion for the penguins. And if you just like penguins, this movie is for you.
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