Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: North America

Sometimes-Overdone North America is Beautiful
The Hollywood Reporter

North America (Sunday - Discovery Channel, 9pm) - At its best, the narration, delivered by Tom Selleck, is clear and unadorned, but it occasionally falls into purple patches of grandiloquence: A range of mountains is “bursting with the molten blood of the planet”; the mountain lion is “the shadowy icon of this continent’s dark heart.” A heavy hand prevails in the music cues, too, which can be cutesy or obvious.

Such emphatic accompaniment, in music and prose, is unnecessary when the images are so potent.The filmmakers’ perseverance and ingenuity have paid off with exquisite portraits of wild places that are closer than we might imagine.

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