David Attenborough’s A Life on our Planet Movie Review


David Attenborough’s movie is portrayed in sort of a documentary-like vision, meant to enhance change of our planet naturewise due to pollution and to human interventions.

He starts the documentary by presenting a little town from Ukraine that years ago was destroyed by the unwanted explosion of Chernobyl, and he compares that part of Ukraine that cannot hold a population anymore, to the wildlife and nature’s issues.


When David was a little boy as he narrated in the movie, in 1937, the world population was about 2.3 billion, the carbon in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million and the remaining wilderness was somewhere around 66%. Then as the decades passed by, our planet has come to the conclusion that the population and the carbon in the atmosphere were undoubtedly rising, but sadly the remaining wilderness was lowering.

Many short videos were presented in the movie, of whale hunting, cows being carried out to places where they’d become only pieces of meat ready to be purchased, and so on. None of those actions were healthy and still aren’t. They are not beneficial for us as inhabitants of this planet.

By showing what an incredible planet we had and what we could have if we take action as soon as possible, Attenborough’s movie told the story of us as a “civilized” population. By thinking that the tribes that don’t have any connection to society are uncivilized and dangerous for our species, we are completely wrong. It might actually be hard to believe and even inconceivable, but our society, during these modern days with all the technology and all the gadgets, tends to do a lot more awful things to the flora and fauna than those people do.

Deforestation, oil spills, cars at any given place, industrialization, and many more are dangerous for us. By cutting a tree in a forest, David said, you could destroy an entire habitat. Those animals have to run back and forth to find a safe and quiet place to consume their lives without them being shortened by humans.

The documentary also had the chance to show us beautiful species of birds, gorillas, monkeys, fish, and more. Beautiful flowers and plants with amazingly vibrant colors are such wonders to the eye of a regular person. Amazing, astonishing plants and animals that should be protected and left alone in their habitats so that they can amaze us for more centuries ahead.

David Attenborough tends to mention at the end of his narration is that in today’s modern society the good things are the development of the farming domain and the agriculture that is giving people the chance to prosper from cultivating and multiplying vegetables and fruits or different sorts of plants.

The end of David’s documentary was brought to us yet again in the same place it started, in the Chernobyl hit place from Ukraine where we saw that the whole place was now covered in plants and nature and the beautiful thing we learned from this is that anyone can recover from mistakes, just as that place recovered from the mistake of the nuclear explosion, but scars will always remain no matter what.



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