National Geographic’s latest series is “America The Beautiful, ” which looks at many of the most amazing places in the United States, including the great plains, the Rocky Mountains, the oceans, the swamps and everything in between.
This series has been created by the award-winning producers of “Planet Earth,” “Frozen Planet” and the “Disneynature” films. So as you’d expect, the series is packed full of fantastic footage of some of the most beautiful places that can be found in the United States.
The opening episode is more of a general look at the beautiful sights found across the United States, with a little time spent showcasing some fantastic locations and animals that can be found in the wilds of America. Honestly, if you only watch one episode of this show, make it episode one, because it’s a great episode and really highlights some of the best places in the US.
The second episode is much more human-focused and the work that these humans are doing to save their local environment, such as scuba diving near a golf club to fish out golf balls or reintroducing bison to the great plains. This episode is a vital part of the series and showcases how America can only stay beautiful.
The other four episodes are a little more focused on one specific region within the US. With episodes based on The Northland, Westworld, Heartland and Waterland.
My only slight issue with the series is the narration style, which is done by Michael B. Jordan, who played Killmonger in the Marvel film, “Black Panther”. The majority of the narration is fine, but occasionally, it slides into the Disneynature style, which skews slightly younger, which I found a little annoying. It’s a common issue I have in many of Disney’s nature documentaries, because the American style is much gentler and sometimes can sound patronizing, when compared to British animal documentaries. Another annoying aspect of this series is how often people and animals are being called heroes, which just seems so forced.
“America The Beautiful” is a fantastic documentary series that’s well worth taking the time to watch. It features some amazing footage of the US, and if you want to learn more about some of the most beautiful places in the country and learn more about some of the native wildlife, this is for you.
Rating – 4 Out Of 5
All six episodes of “America The Beautiful” are coming to Disney+ on July 4th 2022.