Metamorphosis

A beautiful and provocative poem for the planet, this sprawling and passionate film aims to take the pulse of our world, witness changes taking place, and to capture the true scale of the global environmental crisis. As species vanish and ecosystems collapse, so is economic growth tied to resource extraction. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world.

Breathtaking cinematography throughout this film that is more than just your average ‘talking heads’ documentary, taking the monarch butterfly as not only a metaphor for the changes that our planet is undergoing but also as a direct example of something that is being directly effected by climate change. This documentary offers real world tangible examples of the damage climate change is causing, ranging from the deaths of thousands of butterflies to the extended wildfire seasons causing vast damage to large swathes of America, it helps the audience to understand the reality of global warming by showing the real world implications. This allows the audience to connect with the subject matter that is often talked about as if it was something that is going to happen in the future rather than something that directly effects peoples lives on a daily basis. Almost apocalyptic imagery interspersed with art installations, some of which are being used to repair some of the damage to coral reefs, and photographic pieces highlighting the idea that humans can live sustainably in our environment rather than combatively fighting against it. The documentary has an optimistic feel to it, setting it apart from many other documentaries that tackle climate change as a subject matter. Whilst it doesn’t pull it’s punches when discussing the damaging effects of climate change, and the dangers we could face in the future if we don’t change how we treat the environment to something far more sustainable, it goes on to offer multiple examples of people working towards change.

At 85 mins long it doesn’t drag and with such beautiful imagery constantly on display it keeps the audiences attention and focus, the message doesn’t feel preachy and is refreshing to have something that is more hopeful than your average climate change documentary.

★★★★★

Euan Tennant

 

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