JANE – A Review by Cynthia Flores

Gombe, Tanzania – Jane Goodall watches as Hugo van Lawick operates a film camera. The feature documentary JANE will be released in select theaters October 2017. (Jane Goodall Institute)
 
JANE – A Review by Cynthia Flores
 
 
Jane is a wonderful documentary about the world renowned Jane Goodall.  A lot has been written about her and the groundbreaking work she started and continues to this day with the Chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park.  What sets this documentary apart is the use of previously unseen footage shot by her husband Hugo van Lawick. Hugo is considered an important influence to a whole generation of wildlife filmmakers who will appreciate seeing more of his work, especially work that was thought to be lost.  Most younger audiences will not understand footage that’s not shot in high definition, but for the rest of us that grew up watching stuff like this, it’s a real treat.
 
Another reason to watch this film is for the sound and score work.  The score, by Philip Glass, is compelling and lush – woven together with the sound design and editing of the chimpanzee cries and other jungle soundscapes, it transports you to the jungles and sets you right next to Jane as she studies these magnificent animals.  
 
Jane is an intimate film, narrated by Jane herself; it takes you from the very beginning of her love of animals as a child to the work she continues to this day.  Along they way, you witness her dedication out in the jungle and see her through troubles in a marriage to the father of her only son.  Try to catch this film on the big screen.  If not, seek it out where ever you get your video on demand because I give it a solid B+ rating and know you will enjoy it as much as I did.
 
Directed by Brett Morgen
Written By Brett Morgen
Rated NR
Selig Rating B+
Running Time  90min
Documentary
Release  Limited Nov 3rd Angelika
Starring:  Jane Goodall, Hugo van Lawick, chimpanzees
 
 
The Selig Rating Scale:
 
A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
B – Good movie
C – OK movie
D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
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