Children are anything but quiet. They can be continuously loud, restless, and dedicated to their activities. Here We Are (Notes for Living Life on Planet Earth) highlights the insurmountable curiosity and larger-than-life imagination of children, while bestowing valuable lessons about parenting and preserving planet Earth.
Directed by Philip Hunt, this is an adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’s best-selling book of the same name.
The story is centered on Finn, a seven-year-old boy who has a high intellect and a great appetite for learning. Finn embodies an enthusiasm for discovering every piece of information related to planet Earth.
What is the atmosphere? What are the limits of human intelligence? Such questions surround Finn’s mind. Out of great interest, Finn wants to visit a peculiar place on Earth Day, known as ‘The Museum of Everything.’
Finn’s parents share a different plan as they propose going out, picnicking in the park. Does Finn manage to convince his parents? Or does he spends Earth day their way? Watch the film to find out.
Here We Are Spotlights the Role of Parents in Making a Child Genius
The story emphasizes primarily on two things: 1) how parents are a child’s first (and the best) teachers; and 2) why they must impart their children with the proper knowledge at the right time.
In the very beginning, the film showcases the extra efforts parents need to put in to ensure their children remain curious about learning and, in turn, groom themselves during the process.
The film excels in teaching brimful of life lessons in its superfluid 36-min runtime. Though, one major conflict that Finn experiences during the third act do not get a proper resolution. The ending could have been better given that the film lands its messages very well in the first two acts.
Vivid artwork Augmented by Spectacular 3D Animation
This is Philip’s second adaptation of an Oliver Jeffers’ book (Lost and Found, was the first), and he has done excellent work. The childlike sincerity in the storytelling capture the essence of the book in all measures.
The film is visually magnificent and features some of the best 3D animation ever done. The bright colors and meticulous artwork spellbind you throughout its runtime. Irrespective of being a short film, it transports you to your childhood days and restores your unrecalled imagination.
A Magical Tribute to Planet Earth
The film excels in illustrating the wonders of our beautiful marble-like planet. In a standout sequence where Finn’s parents describe him, the unique characteristics of Earth are mesmerizing. Alex Somers’ dreamlike score adds significant weight to the visuals, and helps translate, one of its many messages, of Earth being our only home, and the collective efforts needed for its preservation.
Renowned celebrities have done the voice-acting, and it is wonderful —Jacob Tremblay plays Finn, Ruth Negga as Finn’s mother, Chris O’Dowd as Finn’s father and Meryl Streep as the narrator.
Ultimately, this is an excellent family film that restores your long-lost habit of celebrating the small day-to-day discoveries, while teaching you to be kind and respectful of your surroundings.
You can watch Here We Are (Notes for Living on Planet Earth) on Apple TV Plus. See the trailer below.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
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