The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
PE2 is a first rate production, as professional and polished as they come. Logical, well structured and visually wonderful.It's also not as good as its predecessor, and the gap between the two series is quite clear. This is because of certain narrative decisions in the Part II. Most noticeably, the thunderously illustrative music gets in the way. This was a small concern with the brilliant first series, but here the music is, well, just bad, to put it bluntly. The sound design is also distractive: the foley work is easily noticeable, and the sound is irritatingly dramatic during the many slow-motion sequences.Another problem is the narration itself, which is written in a story-telling style, wherein the animals are anthropomorphized; binge watching the series, this strikes as infantilism. It doesn't help, that the "jokes" are often really poor.There are a surprising number of sequences revisited from the first series. These could have, mostly, been omitted. Like the wolves chasing the baby caribou.The camera work is quite a marvel - still, personally I prefer the more classical compositions of the first series. But to each his own.All in all, PE2 is still great, but the bar has been somewhat lowered. Compared to PE1, it's lighter and more pompous in tone - and more eager to entertain for entertainment's sake.
It is a worthy investment to buy the DVDs and also still see it on BBC if they air it for special reasons. Never will you regret it and never will you see such imageries captured so beautifully. To watch all the Planet Earth, Blue Earth series is such a humbling experience to realize that we have millions of other co-habitants on this home called Earth. With the expanding population faster than ever, industrialization, it is heart-breaking to see other species slowly disappear. We are all indirectly responsible for them too, maybe it isn't too late to ponder as to what tiny steps we can take to care for our home .
One the best documentary so far i have ever watched. Amazingly shot and beautiful storytelling. And off course Hans Zimmer soundtrack will give you an amazing feeling. I recommend to watch on UHD for amazing details and experience.
Having seen the first Planet Earth, I had lot of expectation from this one because Technology has advanced so much since then. But more than the visuals, I was somehow impressed by the compelling storytelling in all of the episodes. The Penguin one from the Island episode was amazing. But for me the best one was the from the Jungle episode involving Wilson's bird-of-paradise. The build up to that story and climax was just brilliant. Keep your ears open along with your eyes of this one. Sir David Attenborough's narration is just the perfect icing on the cake.