Aquarela - B
Rated PG, 90 minutes
The compelling new nature documentary "Aquarela" provides a new shape and insight into thing that covers over 70 percent of the Earth: water. Told mostly without dialogue and at a stunning 96 frames per second, it looks at the different forms water takes and its impact on humans. While occasionally sluggish, "Aquarela" is a non-traditional documentary that is still a feast for the eyes.
From massive waves to melting ice, Russian documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky travels around the world to capture stunning images of the beauty and raw power of water.
The highlight of the visually stunning "Aquarela" is the stunning, albeit often wet, vista that Kossakovsky turns his camera on. While he looks at the different forms of water, most of the film is spent on the frozen form it; the first episode is a look at vehicles that take a turn for the worse on a frozen Russian lake. Then he looks at some of the Northern tundra ice caps that are rapidly melting (as is the Russian lake). While not a political documentary per se, you can't help think of the impact of global warming on the frozen areas of the Earth.
While it is occasionally slow-moving, with 96 frames per second, it's often a mesmerizing take on nature you won't be able to look away from, filled with striking images that'll stay with you after you leave the theater. It's like watching HD TV on the big screen, and it is best viewed in a theater with such technical capabilities. It slowly moves to warmer climates as it also look at a couple of sailors and a few small towns surrounded by water.
It's evident that Kossakovsky is a skilled filmmaker and photographer, and it's a joy and wonder to follow his camera through depths high and low as it looks oceans, lakes, floods and bad weather that provides water in its different forms. "Aquarela" is definitely not for the Marvel or Superhero set expecting loads of action and explosions, as you won't get it here. But what you will get is the wonder of water in its different forms, and something you won't want to miss.