[Movie Review] Bears

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Did you know bears are considered very smart? They’ve been known to roll rocks into bear traps to set them off, and eat the bait safely.

To celebrate Earth Day, Disneynature released its newest installment in their wildlife series, called Bears. The beautifully filmed feature follows the life of two Alaskan mother bears and their cubs. This adorable scenario may be enough to make you brave the wilderness at the local cinema, but it’s the surprisingly intense drama of daily bear life that will keep you glued to your seat.

From the start, Bears is a captivating tale of wildlife in its natural habitat. Mountains covered with snow act as a backdrop to the bears’ adventures, the color of their brown fur only magnified by the piercing white flakes. Their journey begins just as winter starts to fade away, and the bitter cold of Alaska awakens them from hibernation. As the season starts to change from spring to summer, the grizzly bear families must work together to find food and stay safe from predators.

The camera angles take advantage of nature’s beauty, and the way the filmmakers tie in the actual struggles of bears in the brutal woods into an understandable storyline is nothing less than genius. By weaving a heartwarming soundtrack together with breathtaking aerial swoops over the wilds, Bears will absorb you completely. In fact, at times, it feels like you’re right there alongside the bears, battling tooth and nail for your cubs.

Each day is a challenge for the growing cubs, as they start to learn how to master the art of fishing and climbing. The cuteness factor for this movie is at a ranging high 10/10. Don’t let the fluff fool you, though, because the reality of life shown in the movie is genuinely terrifying. The bears must band together to fight off hoards of menacing wolves or face starvation. Bears is, however, rated G. So, you don’t have to worry about any gory battles or unnecessary violence.

The movie may not be an action-packed thriller, but its unique blend of raw footage with intense pacing is definitely worth the ticket. Our final verdict? A.

Images courtesy of Disneynature Facebook.