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Plot: It takes two or three generations for the monarch butterfly to reach the Canadian breeding grounds, but it is one “supergeneration” that makes the 2,000 mile return trip back south into central Mexico. The documentary film covers Dr Fred Urquhart’s interest in monarch butterflies, with perspectives of Urquhart as a child wondering where the butterflies went, his years of research and study into their life and migration, to his time decades-later as a senior scientist looking back at his investigations and discoveries about the insect’s life pattern.
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An average film, if we’re being honest
I was looking forward to seeing this film, both for the IMAX 3D format, and for the Monarch butterflies which are in news recently for declining population.
Cons first: This film doesn’t really make much use of the 3D format. Those things which have the most 3D effect appear to be CGI, rather than actual butterflies. I don’t know whether they are, but the fact they look like they might be is disappointing. Peter Jackson is right when he switched to High Frame Rate for 3D, to reduce motion blur or snapshot effect, and look more life-like. Also, the IMAX at the Henry Ford Museum seems to have some trouble holding 3D together. Sometimes there’s 3D, and sometimes (particularly toward the edges of the screen) there’s just two flat 2D images next to each other. I attribute that to the theatre, rather than the film. But viewers should be aware that it can happen.
Pros: This is more on the monarchs than I’ve seen before. But it’s presented at a level that kids can understand. And it does seem to do a good job of covering the story of the discovery of the migration route between places like Toronto, ON, and a forest in Mexico. Actors portray Urquhart and his wife, and two other in Mexico (Wikipedia says Brugger and Aguado, but I’m unsure if that’s who they identified in the film). It is thrilling when the migration route is discovered, even though we all know it’s coming.
I’d recommend the film, but probably not in 3D, and maybe not in IMAX either. The content doesn’t justify extra expense.
Expectations for more
“Flight of the Butterflies” is a 44-minute IMAX nature documentary from 4 years ago written and directed by Mike Slee. Well, actually it is half documentary, half acting as the cast includes Gordon Pinsent and a couple other actors playing characters that were linked to the scientific research of the monarch butterfly. I personally would have preferred to keep this fictitious story to a minimum and instead focus more on great impressive video recording of the butterfly instead of the story they put in here, but that is just personal preference. Same goes for the use of animation. Why not show us the real ones instead of animated CGI butterflies, even if it still looks somewhat impressive. These are my 2 major criticisms with this documentary. The topic is such an interesting one, so I am a bit disappointed with the execution. Still it’s by no means a bad film, just clearly inferior to what this documentary could have been actually. Overall, I recommend the watch.
Original Language en
Runtime 40 min, 44 min (original)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Documentary, Short, Biography
Director Mike Slee
Writer Wendy MacKeigan, Mike Slee, Phil Streather
Actors Gordon Pinsent, Patricia Phillips, Shaun Benson
Country United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, IMAX 6-Track, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 1.43 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Digital (4K), Redcode RAW (5K)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K)
Printed Film Format 15/70 mm, Digital