(MOVIE REVIEW) IMAX has a history of bringing audiences to unique and unfamiliar worlds, and their most recent documentary, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, does just that. Created alongside Warner Bros. Pictures, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar utilizes Morgan Freeman’s silky narration to shed light on one of the world’s most popular primates.
The documentary follows primatologist and conservationist Dr. Patricia Wright as she studies Madagascar’s lemur population and attempts to protect the endangered primates’ from deforestation.
Wright and Freeman do a great job of showing how the lemurs’ survival rests in hands of the Malagasy, who burn down forests in order to clear the area for farmland, devastating the lemurs’ specialized habitat.
Much of the film is spent with Dr. Wright as she tries to locate greater bamboo lemurs, who are near extinction, and rehabilitate the species.
The lemurs’ incredible journey to Madagascar from Africa is detailed in the opening of the film, but even though the historical facts are an important part of the movie, it’s the IMAX experience in 3D that makes Island of Lemurs: Madagascar so visually impressive.
Director David Douglas makes you feel like you’re really visiting Madagascar.
Although other 3D films can be gimmicky, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar uses 3D with a purpose, bringing you up close and personal with the animals, and giving everyone the opportunity to visit a country they otherwise might never set foot on.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar opens this Friday, April 4, and needs to be seen in IMAX 3D in order to appreciate how beautiful the documentary actually is.
The film runs a quick 39 minutes, making it a perfect outing for families with restless kids.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar both entertains and educates, so make sure you see it in theaters, because its big screen beauty is something to behold.
And don’t forget to watch the trailer below:
— Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal