Movie Review – Bears
By: Camila Guerrero
Bears is directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, is actually a Walt Disney Pictures documentary. According to Bryan Alexander from USA today, the movie wans to show the kingdom of spirit animals, were the bear signifies grounding forces and strength. The bear has also been revered for a long time as a powerful totem. The bear as a spirit animal that is in touch with earth and the cycles of nature, it is a powerful guide to support physical and emotional healing.
Some of these virtues and qualities are revealed in the Bears documentary, the fourth film in the Disneynature series. This beautifully made documentary focuses on how a mother bear named Sky and her two babies, Scout and Amber, survive the dangerous first year of the babies’ lives. The story begins when the cubs are born in the cave their mother has dug for the winter hibernation. When spring arrives, they have to head out into the snow-covered wilderness in search of food. Naturally we would think it is a delight to watch the playfulness of the two little ones as they do flips, lick each other, and play in their new environment. But not all is fun for this family. Early on their journey, they hardly survive being trapped beneath a deadly avalanche of snow. Along the journey baby Amber stays close to Sky, while Scout follows behind and is usually distracted by anything out of the ordinary that he sees.
When they finally reach an area where other bears have gathered, Sky must constantly be put in place by Magnus and Chinook. Magnus is the dominant alpha male bear, and Chinook that is an outcast bear. Both of them are very hungry and they want to devour Sky’s babies without regret. As if this is not enough there is also a wolf, Tikaani, who keeps following Scout and Amber. In each of these incidents, Sky’s confidence and courage keep her cubs safe. The key to the family’s survival through the summer and especially during the next winter’s hibernation consists on eating enough grass, clams, and especially salmon to build up their fat reserves.
The ending of this movie is amazing and you would never see it coming. But I’m not going to ruin the ending of the movie for you. If you want to know the discover this amazing story for yourself, you definitely have to go watch it. Trust me you won’t regret it!
Alexander, B. (2013). John C. Reilly gives voice to Disneynature’s ‘Bears’. USA TODAY Retrieved 04, 26, 2014, from: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/11/20/bears-john-c-reilly/3643885/