A Beautiful Planet is a 45-minute film of the earth in all its magnificence taken from the International Space Station. It was shot over 11 months and it is probably the closest one can get to what it is like to be in space.
With plenty of vivid shots of the earth, its water bodies and the various cities by day and by night, every scene in A Beautiful Planet is awe-inspiring. The film has a beautiful message on how lucky mankind is as that earth provides us with the best possible conditions to live in and we need to preserve it together.
The movie opens with shots of the galaxy, the stars and some incredible landscapes of the earth. There are some beautiful images of the Andes mountain ranges, the Himalayas and Mount Everest, the 5 great lakes of North America, including shots in winter and at night, and the deserts of Africa. All the images and scenes are actual shot, which makes the film so real.
Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, she takes the viewers on a breathtaking journey over the seas and mountains. Some of the highlights of the film are the views of the earth by night. The lights make it quite easy to identify large cities. The film also points to 2 specific countries where the borders are easily visible by night; they are the border between India and Pakistan and another one between North and South Korea. Some of the other stunning scenes are of thunderstorms, hurricanes and the aurora as viewed from the International Space Station.
Areas of lush green and brown are easily distinguishable from space. As countries and populations grew, many forests have been converted into concrete. With the increased activity of glaciers melting, low lying areas are threatened by increasing sea levels.
The film gives the viewers a great opportunity to hear from astronauts on the International Space Station first hand with a sneak peak into their lives, including their daily schedule, their research, the space gym and the supplies that come from Earth every 4 months.
The preview also featured a Q&A session with astronaut and space consultant for the movie, Marsha Ivins. Marsha answered some interesting questions from the audience who were curious about what it is like to be an astronaut and live in the International Space Station.
The movie is by filmmaker Toni Myers and is playing in IMAX Sydney and Melbourne. If you are a teacher, look up the school special times for the term of your choice. A beautiful planet is a must see for all ages.