Review of Jane (2017)

Moving picture, 90 minutes

Seen in 2019.

Jane Goodall’s life from the start of her amateur research in the 1960s up through the late 1970s, with a little bit of the 1980s and her subsequent efforts in outreach. This story is told mainly through her first husband’s documentary footage.

Philip Glass’s score is pretty with Hugo Van Lawick’s high-saturation imagery, but it fails to capture the emotional range and the particular dynamic of Goodall’s relationship to our closest relatives. I would have preferred more time and more depth.

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