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|Regie:||Patrick Morris, Neil Nightingale|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 87 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Africa - the second largest continent is characterized by a tremendously diverse flora and fauna. Wonderfully beautiful landscapes, mysterious habitats for some of the most majestic and fascinating creatures. It is the strong contrasts between the dense forests and the barren desert, between large seas and small oases, that make Africa an exciting topic for documentary filmmakers again and again. And so in recent years numerous nature and animal documentaries have been published that had Africa and its animal inhabitants as their central theme, or at least. "Afrika - Das magische Königreich" is now another such film, which tries to set itself apart from the competition with the most modern recording techniques and spectacular 3D images.
The team around the two directors Patrick Morris and Neil Nightingale have succeeded in doing this visually. Whether in the forests of Rwanda, where they have visited the endangered mountain gorillas, in the Kalahari Desert, where they accompany a herd of elephants in their search for water, or along colourful coral reefs in the depths of the ocean - what has been captured here with the latest technology is in itself truly spectacular and absolutely worth seeing. Especially on the big screen, moments like the numerous fascinating slow-motion shots or enormous enlargements (e.g. from the lively activity of an ant tribe) are really breathtaking.
However, unfortunately "Africa - The Magical Kingdom" has to struggle with two big problems. On the one hand, a very broad spectrum is processed in a very short time, which is why many interesting aspects are only treated very superficially. The information that one hopes to hear here is very rarely conveyed. And that brings us to the second problem: the Voice Over commentary. No question, Christian Brückner is a good speaker. But the lyrics, which he has to perform here with his distinctive voice, are often extremely flat. Most of the time only what you see anyway is told. The commentary does not offer a really informative added value. Rather he only distracts and thus minimizes the effect of the great pictures.
"Africa - The Magical Kingdom" is not a bad nature documentary, but one that doesn't manage to stand out from the crowd despite its technical finesse. And with this she can hardly add anything new to the genre, which has been somewhat overused in recent years. Pretty to look at, but unfortunately very empty and therefore only worth seeing with a few exceptions!
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