Born in China

2016

Documentary

54
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 1545

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John Krasinski as Narrator
Xun Zhou as Narrator
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Reviewed by MaximumMadness 6 / 10

"Born in China"- Gorgeous imagery with a lack of real substance or information.

The real shame with Disney's nature documentary "Born in China" is that the potential was there for a remarkable film. The imagery captured of both the landscapes and of the beautiful and elusive animals on which it is centered is completely awe-inspiring and never less than completely engrossing and compelling. And it tells the oft-poignant story of what it is like for families and packs of animals in the vast reaches of China, including adorable pandas and stunning snow leopards. Unfortunately, the film's failing is a complete and utter lack of any real substance or information regarding these subjects, which is instead traded for often contrived schmaltz and "jokey" narration. For all it does right with the stunning visuals... all else seems forced and a tad bit trite.

The footage itself is incredible. Especially when viewed on the big screen. Director Lu Chuan and his team of cinematographers and cameramen truly do capture some compelling and beautiful looks into the lives of these animals, and it's a pleasure seeing what it's like for them as they struggle to thrive and survive over the course of just over a year. The most outstanding of course being the snow leopard referred to as "Dawa" and her cups, simply because they are such stunning creatures and they face the most adversity and tragedy throughout the film. Chuan and the rest of the crew feverishly document these wonderful creatures to the greatest of extents.

The problem is that through editing and over-written narration delivered by comedic actor John Krasinski, the entire message seems a bit undermined. I know that it wouldn't work for some, but in my mind, simply showing the footage over music or with only minimal information carefully doled out through brief bits of narration would have worked best. But you get the feeling that Disney's nature department felt they needed to add more of a "message" to the film, and it feels tacky and silly. The film starts out promising with some actual key information about China and a pleasant explanation of the symbology involving cranes taking flight... but it quickly becomes an "Ohh, so cutesy!" affair with Krasinski "speaking" for the animals and inserting odd random jokes while never doling out more than the most basic and bland of facts. This was an opportunity for education, but instead it places too much focus on talking about how much animal-mommies love their animal-babies, and throwing in some really odd references to appease the young children in the audience. (The film likes to constantly remind us that it refers to a clan of Snub-Nose monkeys as the "Lost Boys" about once every 30 seconds in certain scenes.) It's borderline condescending. I remember when I was a child watching nature documentaries in school or on television... I wanted to learn. This film instead feels the need to talk down.

Still, I can't say that this fact ruined the film as a whole. Because it didn't. There's still so much to take in through the 76- minute run-time that I'd definitely give it a mild recommendation, especially to families with young children or general nature enthusiasts. While critical facts are few and far in-between and the over-done narration does drag it down a bit, the footage enclosed is constantly and consistently enthralling and exquisitely captured. And it did save the film for me, and make it an enjoyable watch as an entire cumulative experience. Seeing pandas, snub-nosed monkeys and of course the snow leopards in their natural habitats, living and breathing is just too magical to dismiss over my squabbles with the production.

I give it a slightly above average 6 out of 10. It could have been better, but there's still just enough to make it worth a watch at least once.

Reviewed by obiegimmie 9 / 10

'Born in China': A Gorgeous Documentary that is Bound to Please

"Born in China" is a 2016 nature documentary directed by Lu Chuan ("The Missing Gun") with a screenplay by David Fowler, Brian Leith, Phil Chapman, and Lu Chuan. Music is by Barnaby Taylor; editing by Matthew Meech; and production by Roy Conli ("Big Hero 6"), Brian Leith, and Phil Chapman. It's narrated in its USA release by John Krasinski ("The Office") and in its China release, actress Zhou Xun ("Suzhou River"). The entirety was filmed in unpopulated areas of China. Various Chinese wildlife were followed for a year; their misadventures and struggles culminating in this film. It was released in China August 12, 2016, and in the US April 21, 2017. To date (April 29, 2017) the film has raised approximately $15.2 million worldwide. It runs for 1 hour, 16 minutes (76 minutes) and is rated G.

The film centers on various Chinese wildlife; one being a snow leopard named Dawa struggling to collect the needed food for her two cubs. With increasing competition and food supply decreasing, Dawa struggles to maintain her cubs' health. The second is that of Tao-Tao, a golden snub-nosed monkey who is constantly plagued by his family's bias to a newborn sister. Tao-Tao joins a group of misfits, referenced as "The Lost Boys," but still finds himself lonely. The third is a panda named Ya-Ya and her baby daughter Mei- Mei (pronounced "My-My," apparently). As Mei-Mei grows older, Ya- Ya is forced to confront her daughter's maturity and newfound independence. Finally, there is a herd of chiru, who are there for little plot complexity and more for cinematography.

Sometimes in nature documentaries, the director's abundant desire for humor/story development begins to overtake the film. This is not necessarily a bad thing; jokes and story are good in small doses. But with too much, the attention is detracted from the actual entertainment (the animals) and more to something that won't satisfy. Sadly, many Disney Nature films have fallen victim to this, and "Born in China" maintains a serviceable, if not entirely balanced, scale between these two conflicting features. That is not to say the film is not without fault; Krasinski, while of talent, does not do the film justice with mediocre narrating. Most of the jokes are meant to be cute, but with Krasinski's delivery, something goes wrong, leaving a decent quip that may have earned my half-hearted chortle acquainted with silence. As a whole, "Born in China" is deservant of some of the detractions mentioned on this forum and on my review. As a whole, however, the film is entertaining and somewhat educational. I would recommend it over some of the recent releases. So, yes, go see it. It definitely will beat "Beauty and the Beast," "Boss Baby," and maybe even "Gifted." What low standards for film we've been setting lately, where a documentary can edge out $160 million competitors in terms of quality.

+ Beautiful cinematography.

+ The animals are made into characters with struggles, flaws, failures and successes, and one will undoubtedly empathize.

+ It is paced well, with captions notifying you of the current season and the scenes remaining relatively quick (not in a bad way).

+ The film includes an interesting interpretation of the harsh reality in nature.

- Krasinski's narrating.

9/10

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Reviewed by capone666 6 / 10

The Vidiot Reviews...

Born in China

Girls born in China know that they will grow up in a safe, white American suburb.

Unfortunately, as this documentary verifies, the same doesn't apply to every female species in China.

A single-mother snow leopard struggles to find nourishment for her young in China's merciless mountain region. Meanwhile in the jungle, the birth of a female golden snub-nosed monkey forces a neglected male to venture out on his own. Also leaving the nest is a giant panda whose mother is having a hard time letting her go.

Narrated by John Krasinski, Disney's latest nature documentary once again does an excellent job of capturing rare fauna in their native environments. Unfortunately, like the others in the eco-series, this maternal endeavour is also heavily edited to fit a desired narrative while the animals are given human characteristics.

By making the pandas human, however, just makes eating ginger beef that much more difficult.

Yellow Light

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