When a commercial came on for Algonquin
Wolves, a research and restoration program in Ontario, I got worried.
This was not the movie I thought I was seeing. The film quality was
grainy, and the size was not IMAX.
But I was relieved when the actual film came on.
I felt that the film tried to do too much. It focused on
the reintroduction efforts, the native ways of life, the effect of the
wolves on the environment, education programs, but each one had only a
couple of minutes before we went on to the next.
I know more about the reintroduction efforts, myself. The
film didn't even bring viewers up to what I know from reading one article
in Canadian Wildlife magazine. They could have shown the actual reintroduction
from Canada. They could have shown the almost-failed first try.
Instead, we sat through native dances, and a classroom talking
about wolves. Neither is bad by itself, but I thought if wolves had
been present during either scene, it would have been more interesting.
It did have some really neat parts, though. Showing the
wolves hunting was really exciting, even if they didn't bring down their
prey. But these were tundra wolves, so they weren't even related
to the pack in the rockies. The female searching for a den was neat,
and it was great to see the family working together to raise the cubs.
I just wish we could have seen more of these. A successful
hunt, maybe. More family life -teaching the cubs to hunt. I
remember seeing a film about a polar bear family in the Nature Museum in
Ottawa, which showed a mother and her two cubs. The film ran about
15 minutes, and showed her go into hibernation, give birth and leave her
den, fight off a male, and play with her cubs. Something of that
sort would have added so much to the film.
The soundtrack, on the other hand, was terrific. Made up
on almost entirely native instruments and styles, it was the perfect backdrop
for the wolves.
But I thought the film itself could have done more.