Born In China is Disney’s latest nature film and possibly it’s best as it follows the stories of a family of Golden Monkeys, Pandas, and Snow Leopards. The movie is narrated by John Krasinkski, you might know him from The Office, he did a fantastic job balancing the drama, silliness, and suspense as shown in the film. Coming from someone my age ( going on 20 ) the warm and fuzzy (cute) scenes were a bit too overwhelming for me, but I imagine they would be fantastic for the younger crowd and their families. The two most fascinating aspects about Born In China are the relatable stories told through the nature of these species, and the stunning scenery that any movie buff can appreciate.
To be completely honest, Born In China is one of the most therapeutic pieces of cinema I’ve ever laid eyes on. The music is calming, the vibes feel equal to what you’d receive from a nature track playing while you sleep.The movie ultimately opens a whole new world for young viewers because of the film crew’s lack of direct involvement with the animals, which made the movie feel as pure as it could be.
If you’re a parent, who’s very conscious about what’s appropriate for your children to watch then this is a stellar option showing how complex nature truly is from monkeys and pandas playing in their natural environment to displaying the harshness of their struggle to survive. It’s important to note that the footage of the Snow Leopard as seen in the film is some of the only tapes we have of that species anywhere else on Earth. Knowing this while going into the screening made it feel like a discovery to me. Furthermore, I cannot express how captivating this movie is, the landscapes and animals are breathtaking. When there wasn’t a narrator, it felt like me and the animals in the high-density atmospheres and the windy forests, and I think it’ll have the same effect on the youth hiding deep within us adults, and the youth of our kids.
The footage shown in the film is also a healthy reminder of why we should protect and preserve Earth’s species, in fact, throughout the first week of box office, Disney will donate a portion of sales to the World Wildlife Fund. I feel like a lot of companies “bring attention” to a cause without pitching into that same cause when they very well could have. Disney on the other hand, seems to have authentic care and passion for the protection and preservation of the species shown. So if you’re buying tickets to see this with your family, know that you’re part of something truly great.
I hope I gave you all some insight on what to expect, I know some of you probably know I haven’t written a review in a while, well here it was! As I’ve mentioned above, Born In China is funny, educational, captivating, and most certainly an excellent viewing option for you and your family.
Born In China swings into theaters April 21st, and don’t forget to purchase your tickets within the opening week to have a portion of your ticket sale donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Until Next Time