Friday, February 12, 2016

National Parks Adventure Movie Review

 (Reenactment of) John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt in Yosemite

Back to the Earth

Smithsonian Plot: MacGillivray Freeman's National Parks Adventure takes you on the ultimate IMAX off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Spectacularly wild and beautiful places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, Arches, and Canyonlands are illuminated as never before with immersive giant-screen cinematography, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all. National Parks Adventure follows in the tradition of MacGillivray Freeman's award-winning Great Adventure Films - including Everest, Dolphins, Journey Into Amazing Caves, and Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk - that are set in some of the most extraordinary locations on the planet.

"Native Americans believed the greatest natural wonders belong to no one: They belong to all." National Parks Adventure echoes that sentiment in dazzling fashion, showcasing some of our country's most beautiful oases... inside the cozy confines of the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater. It's about time the NPS received some love (record-breaking attendance, 100th anniversary) but who knew it was this beautiful? Narrator Robert Redford escorts us to Devils Tower (complete with adorable prairie dogs) Glacier, Yellowstone and more, promulgating the connection between Native Americans and the land, while simultaneously motivating audiences to get out and experience it for themselves.

Grade: B (You're gonna want to dust off your backpack & hiking boots... I guarantee it.)