RTÉ One, Monday, 9.35pm
Am I being unreasonable?
BBC One, Friday, 9:30pm
On the basis of the first episode, David Attenborough’s newest series, Frozen Planet IIshould probably be called the ‘Melting Planet’.
We’ve seen frustrated filmmakers sitting at the North Pole trying to time the flights of 360-degree “drones” to the very second so they could capture the moment a wall of ice fell into the sea.
After days of frustration, they finally got what they wanted to show as global warming. A bittersweet moment, for it was – as they rudely admitted – hardly a reason to celebrate.
However, one thing is that the scenes of the falling ice wall are just as impressive when shot from further away. Are our attention spans really so short these days that viewers need every new documentary to bring us closer to the action, lest we get bored?
The first series of Ice planet back in 2011 still shot on old fashioned tape instead of digital, but no worse for it.
This tech trick is like the special effects in blockbuster movies. Each generation makes them more spectacular – but, is it blasphemous to question any project involving David Attenborough, are the films themselves better as a result?
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The drone was back in action within the first few minutes of the IslandLiz Bonnin’s new three-part study of Ireland’s 1.8 billion-year-old natural history.
Again, that’s breathtaking for a moment – but the law of diminishing returns inevitably kicks in.
Especially since everyone in TV – not just in documentaries, but dramas and news – uses identical drone techniques. This photo of waves from above washing ashore on some remote beach even appeared in a recent biography of Jack Charlton.
There are only so many times that you can see the same sight without even glancing at it.
But Bonnin’s show itself is fascinating, starting as in the oldest part of the country – Inishtrahull, an island 10km north of Malin Head – whose geological peculiarities have opened the door to understanding the ancient origin of our island.
The answer lies far south, above and below the equator – in two separate continents that slowly drew closer together, centimeter by centimeter, over millions of years.
Even now, the magnetism embedded in the rocks to the north and south of the island still flows in different directions. Some might say that there is a political parallel to be created from that (though perhaps this is not the week for it).
Island tell this story passionately. Knowing that some of the familiar hills in Ireland were once part of a mountain range stretching from northern Norway to the eastern United States makes you see the landscape with new eyes.
We are so small and insignificant beside the immensity of geologic time.
Some Irish are struggling with the cost of living crisis outlined above Bankrupt. That alone makes it a must-see – but there’s something about it that makes it oddly frustrating.
The stories of these people should be enough on their own.
The worried father has to work extra shifts for the family to “put the food on the table and keep them warm”, because “that’s my job”…
The 60-year-old woman who works overtime is simply paying for a gas boost so she can go to work in the first place…
The young couple, who had saved 20,000 euros as a deposit on an apartment, realized it wasn’t enough – and instead spent it immigrating to Canada, to their own doomed sadness and their family …
It’s hard to watch without getting angry. These people’s lives and businesses have collapsed through no fault of their own.
Unfortunately, Bankrupt seemed displeased to let them speak for themselves. It continually sinks into cheap emotional manipulation, mutilating their testimony with sad, melancholy songs — as if it doesn’t trust the viewer to know when to be sad.
The film’s producer/director John Downes seems to have approached the project as an exercise in style rather than substance. Bankrupt ends with a sense of impression and freedom, rather than a snapshot of life under unbearable stress.
The BBC’s new six-part comedy on Friday night, Am I being unreasonable? tells the story of Nic (Daisy May Cooper), who is in an unhappy marriage, unable to make a single female friend during the 5 years her son attends the local school. , and more intriguingly, lives with a mysterious secret that she can’t tell anyone.
Enter new mom Jen (Selin Hizli), and to her surprise, surprise, the two begin an instant friendship. They laugh, drink, bitch have fun, and then Nic’s secret begins to be revealed. But is Jen the friend she’s pretending to be?
Cooper and Hizli are best friends in real life and wrote the series together, and while there’s nothing particularly original here, a show like this finds its purpose in the characters. and writing style.
Based on the first episode, there’s a lot to like, with some promising nods Countryside and Die with me.
The little thing is that no such introduction to Nic and Jen’s friendship is made. They just met and became close as if they had known each other for many years. Maybe that’s what two writers/performers do in real life. On screen, it’s just a little unstable, that’s all.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-reviews/frozen-planet-ii-review-is-it-ok-to-criticise-david-attenborough-for-relying-too-much-on-technical-trickery-41992391.html Frozen Planet II review: Is it okay to criticize David Attenborough for relying too much on technical tricks?