If you were struck by 2001’s Winged Migration, you will probably go for Seasons, the latest from those filmmakers. Here, the Golden Age of the Forest, which followed the Ice Age, is explored. With little narration, the filmmakers let their remarkable footage do the talking. There are white owls and porcupines, bears and bobcats, little birds yipping for mama bird to feed them. A female horse is chased around by a horny male one; then, another horse is chased by a pack of wolves. There’s a domestic quarrel among bears, and moose butt heads. All this high resolution footage is edited so adroitly—with cameras lodged inside the smallest crevices—that the drama unfolds like in a feature film. We were amazed that computer generated effects were generally not used; certainly, there’s no Fantastic Beast that comes close to the beasts of Seasons. This documentary, though focusing on the Golden Age of the Forest, also shows its decline, concomitant with the Agricultural Revolution and the evolution of man from hunter-gatherer. Fortunately, people are relatively obscured from Seasons, which, by making animals center stage, gives us some perspective about ourselves, and our problems, in the grand scheme of things. Ultimately, however, as the movie fast-forwards to the Industrial Revolution, and then to today, Seasons becomes a political movie: a call to arms against climate change. As the Forest went, so could the World, it cautions.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White