On one level, "March of the Penguins," reminds me of walking to the barn in Tay Creek, New Brunswick in January. Yet the Penguins certainly live in climate that makes even Tay Creek, a notorious cold spot where we farmed for ten years, look like the banana belt.
The story of the Penguins is a wonderful story of adaptation to the harshest climate on earth. Then while you're getting over your awe of the natural world of the Penguins, along comes a story of devotion, sacrifice, and love well beyond what we see among humans.
The father Emperor Penguins go one hundred twenty days without eating. As one of the movie goers said upon exiting, we hardly go one hundred twenty minutes without eating. The mother Emperor Penguins walks seventy miles after producing the egg, and these are just a few of the feats portrayed in the movie.
While it might seem that a movie about Penguins would be dull, it certainly isn't. Tonight almost everyone in the audience stayed seated for the credits. That's pretty rare these days.
The coldest temperature we ever saw on our Tay Creek farm was minus forty degrees with sixty miles per hour winds. We saw that once in the ten years that we lived there. That would be a warm day for the Penguins.
It you're looking for a movie that will amaze you, through both the story and the cinematography, take a trek on down to the Grandin. While your instincts might try to sway you away, don't let it happen. You won't regret seeing this movie.
The story of the Emperor Penguins is truly a story where you end up being amazed that a creature can be born with such amazing instincts of survival. Yet it all happens in an austere but beautiful spot that most of us will never visit.,