I, along with most of the UK, have been watching Saint Attenborough's new illuminated manuscript of slow motion marvel, Life. As we have come to expect, its the usual kaleidoscope of amazing sights, but this time, I am left underwhelmed...and for a reason that I am aware most people would disagree with. The premise of 'Life' actually appears to be 'Death' - every scene involves one animal hunting and then eating it's prey, obviously so that it might live.
The thing is, I really don't enjoy watching an endless procession of animals loudly crunching beetles in slow motion and ichor-dripping close-up. I know its a daily part of life and all that, my father was a large animal vet and I know how to kill and prepare animals, but it doesn't mean I'm too fond of watching a chameleon chomping a grasshopper in slow motion with ridiculously loud crunchy sound effects. And I certainly think there's little merit in the camera lingering over a group of komodo dragons begin to eat a live cow stuck in the mud, exactly as it happens in my worst nightmare.
I find it odd that the BBC finds it necessary to put sound effects on the slow motion footage. Why do they add the ridiculous noises? Does anyone really like hearing it? And if they want us to stare the reality of life and death in the face, why do they then give it a fake soundtrack?