Earth: One Amazing Day

The sequel to the BBC Earth documentary Earth, which aims to capture the awesome power of the natural world. Robert Redford narrates.

Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands, from exotic jungles to urban jungles. Get up close and personal with a cast of unforgettable characters: a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically and a sloth on the hunt for love.

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Directed by

  • Peter Webber('Girl with a Pearl Earring', 'Hannibal Rising', 'Emperor')
  • Lixin Fan('Last Train Home', 'I Am Here')
  • Richard Dale('Inside the Twin Towers', 'Moonshot', 'D-Day 6.6.1944')

Documentary

95mins

Rating: G

UK

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The level of enjoyment you’ll derive from Earth: One Amazing Day will depend on two things: how receptive you are to being blown to the back of the wall by eye-wateringly crisp HD images of animals in their habitat, and your response to having fart jokes soil otherwise tastefully executed nature documentaries.

A super-condensed version of the BBC series Planet Earth II, Earth: One Amazing Day serves up low-on-science, big-on-wow edutainment that’s ideal for younger audiences and viewers with shorter attention spans. It goes without saying that BBC’s technical work in this arena remains unparalleled, frequently leaving our jaws agape with footage that defies comprehension in how effortless it all looks. However, there’s also a nagging seen-it-all-before sensation that hangs over this 90-minute repackaging.

It probably doesn’t help that its most astonishing sequence — freshly hatched baby iguanas in the Galapagos pursued by an army of snakes — has already done the viral rounds in the past year. The pacier approach, eager to dart from one money shot to another, also doesn’t grant sufficient time to soak up and marvel at the magnificence of the exotic environs it surveys (by all means, watch this on the biggest screen possible if you can). Robert Redford’s narration is accessible for its American-everyman purposes, but Richard Attenborough’s refined, god-level diction is missed.

Earth: One Amazing Day is ultimately Disney fare, combining cute, cartoon-like vignettes, nail-biting, ruthless hunter-prey scenarios and eco-positive messaging into an optimistic invitation to love and save this unique, bloody beautiful planet of ours.

Associated Press

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The Earth might be the film's titular star but the documentary is really about the sun and how that star's waxing and waning energy over 24 hours shapes life down here, from the warmth of morning to the shadows of night.

Hollywood Reporter

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Earth: One Amazing Day proves inspirational in its depiction of the wonders of the natural world.

Los Angeles Times

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"Earth: One Amazing Day" is kid-friendly, but adults will be equally awed by the animal wonders and how the filmmakers captured them in such exquisite detail.

The Guardian (UK)

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This perfectly serviceable and somewhat conventional documentary tracks the daily struggle to survive for an assortment of wild animals.

The Times (UK)

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This gorgeous nature documentary megamix, with sequences liberally culled from last year's BBC Planet Earth II series, rightfully earns its place on the big screen.

TimeOut (London)

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It's breathtaking to watch, although its meditative possibilities are limited thanks to Redford's narration and an overbearing orchestral accompaniment.

Total Film (UK)

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Showing how animal families are driven by the rhythms of night and day, this sometimes awe-inspiring doc is visually stunning.

Village Voice (New York)

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The film works best as a collection of cleansing images to meditate on - it's a welcome respite from the awfulness of the developed world, though the dangers of climate change and extinction are glossed over by design.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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Ninety-five minutes of nature doco deja vu.