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.