Who can say no to a monkey movie?
Resistance proves particularly futile when the production in question is as amusingly fascinating as "Monkey Kingdom," the latest entry from the ever-engaging Disneynature series of wildlife documentaries.
Co-directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, who previously teamed on "Earth" and
The film offers a valuable life lesson in the powers of determination and timing, but most of all it's darned entertaining.
By this point — eight titles into a successful lineup of documentaries — the filmmaking is down to a science, blending breathtaking cinematography with a compelling original storyline and playful narration that's a far cry from the studied readings of those old-school nature docs.
Lending "Monkey Kingdom" a bonus coolness factor is
Rather than playing the impartial voice for hire, she jumps right into the mischievous fray, making this already delightful dissection of the business of monkey business that much more infectious.
MPAA rating: G, for general audiences
Running time: 1 hour, 22 minutes