The Crimson Wing review

Documentary makers follow the lives of flamingos

Marking a return to the “true-life adventures” that used to be Disney’s speciality, this elegant doc does for flamingos what March Of The Penguins did for their Antarctic counterparts.

Revealing how northern Tanzania’s Lake Natron provides the birds with their nesting grounds and pink plumage, co-directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward unpick a delicate eco-system with grace and charm.

Those qualities, alas, are largely missing from Mariella Frostrup’s self-conscious narration. The voiceover queen tries hard to match the visuals’ majesty; next to Morgan Freeman, though, she doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

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