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Enchanted Kingdom

  • News and current affairs
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2014
  • Patrick Morris
  • 87 mins
  • U

Summary

Wildlife documentary narrated by Idris Elba. Discover the seven realms of Africa, the diversity of its landscapes and the animals that live there.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

There's more than a touch of the Nature Documentary's Greatest Hits about this feature-length film full of breathtaking images of Africa at its most spectacular. No David Attenborough, though, instead Idris Elba provides a benevolent Morgan Freeman-esque "God voice" as he comments on fauna and flora from ocean floor to mountain top. And here the objections to the cute soundtrack and "this little fella" Disney-style anthropomorphising script evaporate, as one remarkable sequence follows another. Whether it's a namaqua chameleon chasing down a cricket (to a spaghetti western soundtrack), wildebeest drinking at a river and being eyed from a few centimetres away by a submerged crocodile, or the plants atop Mount Kenya literally wrapping themselves up against the night frost, this really is a testament to the skill of the BBC's Natural History Unit, which trained most of the cameramen involved. There's a noticeable lack of facts to back up the pretty pictures, and the suspicion remains that this is a nature documentary for people who don't do nature documentaries, but there's surely room for that in the cultural biosphere.

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Credits

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NarratorIdris Elba

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DirectorPatrick Morris
DirectorNeil Nightingale

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Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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