Now the Turtle Gets Its Turn in The Incredible Journey
A throwback to the blithely anthropomorphic Disney wildlife docs of yore, only devoid of their endearing cornball humor, TV-nature-show vet Nick Stringers Turtle: The Incredible Journey chronicles the birth and early life of a loggerhead turtle in kid-friendly fashion. Its a compelling story: Hatched on a Florida beach, the movies subject makes a perilous tour of the Atlantic via the Gulf Stream beforelike any savvy Floridiandetouring to the Caribbean for sex and then returning to the Sunshine State to drop her young. The exploits of our fetching heroine (or heroines, since Turtles narrative spans over 20 years and thus relies on several loggerhead thespians) genuinely earn that incredible tag, but we dont actually learn much about the species habits or history here. A little mystery in a science documentary isnt necessarily a bad thing, but substituting hard data with attributions of human motives like envy, revenge, and interspecies friendship is bound to strain credibility even with youngsters, especially when screenwriter Melanie Finns florid narration is dourly delivered by Miranda Richardson to the accompaniment of a drippy score. Turtle still has cinematographer Rory McGuinnesss remarkable visuals in its favor, though, and reveals how even innocuous human activites curtail the loggerheads centuries-in-the-making migration with refreshing subtlty.
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