Movie Review: Africa: The Serengeti

Title: Africa: The Serengeti
Release Date: April 1, 1994
Director: George Casey
Production Co: Graphic Films
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Documentary | Nature Film | IMAX
Rating: ****

My son and I saw this movie at the Museum of Science twice in the past month because he liked it that much.  I also saw it nearly 20 years ago when it was a new IMAX release.  The movie dramatizes in the large-screen format the annual migration of wildebeest across East Africa’s grassland plains.  Other animals such as lions, cheetahs, zebras, crocodiles, baboons, elephants, giraffes, and hippopotamus are visited along the way as well as the human natives of the Serengeti, the Masai.  There are some cheesy moments (Masai on a mountaintop watching a passing hot air balloon, a newborn wildebeest’s struggle to walk played full hilt for the drama) but overall this is a terrific glimpse into one of the world’s greatest wild places.  And it’s narrated by James Earl Jones who says the word “predator” like no one else.  I could watch it again.

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