Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Birder's Guide to Everything... Review

Well... movie night was not actually a night out as I predicted here.  Because, we couldn't find A Birder's Guide to Everything playing at any local movie theater.  And, by local, I basically mean the East Coast, because I would have used this excuse to drag Cute Husband through a couple of states for date night. 

So, we ended up renting it from Amazon, which you can do as well!   This may have been bonus, since date night included drinking a bottle of wine with a movie. 

Anyway, A Birder's Guide to Everything is a sweet coming of age movie that at times felt like an overused theme that you have seen before... except there were birds in it!  And, birders who were somewhat normal.   Yes, the birding club the boys belong to is nerdy, but the sport/hobby of birding was treated with respect and nobody gets mocked for being a birder.

Of course the movie includes some birds, some bird song and some lovely shots of birding in a beautiful forest.   This is not The Big Year, but it does give a sense of the chase to find a bird and the lengths birders will go to tick one. 

One of my favorite scenes is when Ben Kingsley's character encourages the boys to search for the bird, even though it may have flown a couple of states away.  It captures the adventure of birding and makes a nod to the fact that even amateur birders can find and (possibly) correctly ID rare birds.

Toward the end of the movie, the main character is describing the differences between people who enjoy birds ..."feeders" "listers" and "watchers", which, I think, does a nice job of characterizing bird obsession. 

If you are looking for the next The Big Year in terms of crazed birding adventures, this is not it.  But, if you are looking for a gentle movie that nicely explores birding, you will enjoy A Birder's Guide to Everything.

Two thumbs up for date night! 


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