Flying Monsters (2010) – Review

David Attenborough examines the prehistoric skies...

As soon as Attenborough begins to describe the rise (and ultimate plight) of the Pterosaurs – the flying dinosaurs that filled the prehistoric skies – you’re transported to another world; afterall, that’s the power Attenborough has.

Painting a vibrant picture of the triassic era, Attenborough gently details the importance of the Pterosaur evolutionary tale. Guiding us through their development, he visibly delights in his work and such enjoyment is infectious. As he describes the weird and wonderful mutations such dinosaurs went through, he makes the topic both engaging and thought-provoking.

Attenborough’s fascinating words are complemented exquisitely by the 3D effects applied throughout the documentary. Set to spend a month in the BFI’s IMAX theatre, Flying Monsters offers visual delights that are comparable to the biggest of Hollywood’s ventures into the 3D arena. The swooping shots add further enjoyment to the piece whilst the effects themselves seem to have been almost developed for this documentary alone.

Amidst Attenborough’s insightful remarks lay the dinosaurs he speaks of. Varying noticeably in size and dexterity, they offer viewers sneak peeks of the prehistoric world (a particular favourite of ours being the one whose skeleton resembled a skier). Attenborough and his fellow experts play their parts well, offering seamless interaction with the dinosaurs on the screen. Whilst watching Flying Monsters it’s difficult not to wish that such technological advancements had been made back when his brother Richard starred in the 90’s classic Jurassic Park.

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