BMZ Review: Wild Africa

March 31, 2016 – 1:23 pm

Wild Africa
By Ann Coates

The new film from BBC Earth, Wild Africa, is as much an exploration of Africa as it is about water. Using water as vehicle, the film journeys through the various and diverse habitats of Africa. A pleasant and intriguing look into Africa’s ecosystems, water acts as a driving force, providing abundance when it arrives and destitution when it disappears.

This expedition through Africa naturally spends some time establishing itself with landscape shots. But the film truly comes alive when it focuses on the wildlife within these habitats. Close-ups and 3D effects bring animals to the fore like a good Giant Screen film should do. The examinations of these animals from mountain gorillas to flamingos to elephants is not as in-depth as other BBC documentaries. Nevertheless, the film can perhaps act as a good starting point for inquisitive minds.

The compelling animals shots is most effective in possibly the best sequence of the film. We watch wildebeest and its nemesis the crocodile contend in a life or death battle. Capturing the stalking ability of the croc reveals the inherent tension of the hunt, yet we are neither posed to side with wildebeest or crocodile. The film merely presents this everyday drama as it is without judgement.

The film could have benefitted with more scenes like this detailing animal life, but we are mostly given some charming episodes with other wildlife, pretty enough but not as engaging. Nevertheless, Wild Africa is filmed very well detailing these remote habitats vibrantly in both their times of life-giving prosperity and barren desolation