"Born to Be Wild 3D" Too Quick to Explore the Real Wilds

Gigantic form, diminutive content: Born to Be Wild 3D, presented in expansive IMAX and narrated by Morgan Freeman, offers a visually arresting, kid-friendly but cursory portrait of the altruistic efforts of two women to not only rescue orphaned baby animals but to then raise and ultimately release them back into their natural habitats. Clocking in at only 40 minutes, the film has no time to thoroughly explore the issues at the heart of its bifurcated tale, consequently delivering only a meager collection of adorable imagery and sentimental messages about love, selflessness, surrogate parent-child bonds, and the similarities between humans and beasts. If not for its outsized IMAX presentation, this handsome nonfiction film would be little more than an uplifting episode of PBS's Nature.


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