I remember when I was younger I used to go sit out near one of the man-made (ha!) lakes near my house. Sometimes I would lay on the grass and listen to everything around me. The bees buzzing by searching for a flower, a hummingbird swooping from tree to tree, drinking the nectar from the flowers placed throughout the branches and just feeling the earth at work. It made me happy to know just how everything served a purpose to give life it’s balance.
It’s been a very long time since I laid in the grass and thought about any of what used to fill me with wonder. I, like many others, just took all those little things for granted. A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to see Disney Nature’s latest release, Wings of Life on the big screen along with a short Q & A session by the film’s director, Louie Schwartzberg. I didn’t really know what to expect, because from the cover, you just kinda expect it to be about butterflies and birds. But it ended up being so much more.
Wings of Life is a story about the pollinators of the world. From the bees, to hummingbirds, butterflies and even bats, each plays a vital role in their atmosphere that in turn plays a key part in our environment. Schwartzberg originally wanted to tell the story of the honey bee, which is quickly disappearing but yet not many people understand how important they are to nature. What he found in telling the story of the bee, is a bigger story of flowers, birds and more and how everything related to each other. So the story became that of the pollinators.
Narrated by the amazing Meryl Streep, the journey Wings of Life takes us through is not just one about the bird and the bees (and the flowers and the trees…doo doo doo), but also a cinematographers heaven. Beautiful, deliciously vibrant shots of some of the most up close views of bees, pollen, orchids and more…things that most of us never imagined, splash across the screen and enchant you into the point of the film. The point being that we need to help the pollinators thrive again…without them, the world as we know it would not exist or work as it does now.
It’s a fantastic film to start the conversation going with your children about how the world works and even, what we can do to help it thrive. My daughter was full of questions after she watched it with me, but not only that, she was eager to act…and to help. I have a feeling lots of families will feel the same.
Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. A copy of the DVD/Blu-Ray was received for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.