In Cinemas from today!
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
An excellent National Geographic documentary movie about the life of the legendary Jacques Ives Cousteau.
I am fortunate to be of the age where I have seen a lot of Cousteau’s films and documentaries over the years. This movie brought back many memories and also revealed details about his private life that I wasn’t aware of.
There is some outstanding footage and revelations about his attitude to the underwater world from his early days to perceptions later in life. Early days saw them exploding dynamite under the sea so that they could determine the extent of sea life in the area by counting the dead fish coming to the surface! He soon learnt the impact of human behaviour and climate change on our oceans and became a staunch campaigner for change to protect this valuable resource.
Other details that were new to me, and which I found quite fascinating, related to his personal life – especially his children. He stated that he should never have had a relationship as, due to his constant adventures at sea, he could never be a good husband or father. The impact on his demeanour following the tragic death of his son explained a few things to me as I noticed changes in his documentaries later in life.
If you ever followed the exploits of Jacques Cousteau or are even remotely interested in climate change and it’s effect on our oceans, then I highly recommend going to the cinema to see this wonderful docu-movie. I am quite convinced you will not be disappointed.