Review: Blue Planet II - Ocean trek

By A Harsha Vardhan Published on May 22, 2018 05:35 PM IST

When the first instalment of BBC Earth's documentary series - The Blue Planet, came out in 2001, it was regarded as the best nature series ever made.

Seventeen years hence, Blue Planet II has staked a claim for the mantle and we believe it truly deserves it.

Sir David Attenborough, returns as the narrator in the second season and he brings along with him his famous voice that has been mesmerising three generations of nature lovers. When he speaks, it is as if he is talking to you directly and it feels like he has something very important to tell you.

And he does indeed, through this documentary, convey a very important and uncomfortable message that comes straight from the bottom of the ocean and from his heart- The health of our oceans are under threat. They are changing at a faster rate than ever before in human history.  Never has there been a more crucial time to reveal what has been going on beneath the surface of the seas.

But, if you think that the makers have painted a grim picture of the seas in the documentary, you are mistaken. With revolutionary technology, they have brought to screen for the masses, the grandeur of the ocean and captured animal behaviours that were impossible to film just a few years back.

Through this, they hope to make us fall back in love with nature and care a bit more about our seas and the well being of our fellow 'planet-mates'.

With a cast that doesn't follow a script, a haunting background score from Hans Zimmer and David Attenborough's God-like voice narrating the tale of the sea and earth, Blue Planet II takes us, common folks, on a journey under the sea through the magic of cinema.

At the end of the film, it is funny when we realise, how millions are spent on fake CGI for Hollywood blockbusters, but none can match the sheer, real, raw beauty of mother nature and her offsprings as depicted in this film.

The first episode of this seven-part series is running in theatres across the city. The rest of the episodes will be aired on Sony BBC Earth.