Review: Bears (2014) – Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey

Disneynature-Bears-PosterBEARS: Directed by Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey

A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.

– I don’t usually watch nature documentaries but I saw this trailer a long time ago and thought it looked pretty interesting.  It’s nice to learn something new about nature in the world once in a while.

– Just as you’d expect from a Disney Nature film, the scenic shots of Alaska and the animals are beautiful.  The closeups of the animals are unbelievable.  I even had to search and make sure that all this footage was real and not set-up or staged.

– John C. Reilly does a fantastic job of narrating the story.  The way he speaks is as if he’s talking to young children, but it didn’t bother me at all.  It’s like he’s reading you a child’s story.  The only problem I have is that I’m not sure a film like this would hold the attention of younger kids.  What it does have going for it is that it’s only just over 1hr 15min.

– Right from the get-go the audience gets to see the two cubs when they are basically just born.  You get connected with the family and throughout the film you’ll want them to survive and be safe.

– It’s always fascinating to see animals living amongst each other.  The mother (Sky) does everything in her power to protect her two young cubs (Amber and Scout).  She fights off way bigger male bears and goes on LONG journeys with her cubs to find food and places to rest.

– My favourite part of the film was watching the bond between Amber and Scout.  Just from their body postures and look in the cubs eyes, you can tell that they have so much love for each other and want to keep each other safe.  Twice Amber thinks she loses her brother, and it’s heartbreaking watching her go through that.

– The coolest thing about the film is that you’re able to see the different personalities of the two cubs.  Scout is just like an energetic human young boy.  He’s always off wondering and discovering new things, and Amber always stays close to her mother.


I’m not the biggest fan of films like this, but every once in a while they’re a lot of fun to watch.  It’ so interesting to see how other species live and what they need to do to survive.  A bears life seems like it’s 6 months of trying to find enough food to be able to hibernate for the next 6 months.  It’s so interesting to be able to see the different personalities of the cubs and how they interact with each other and their mom.  One thing that almost every form of life has on earth is their love for their children and family…and that’s pretty cool.

BEARS: 3/5 (Good)

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