‘Island of Lemurs: Madagascar’ movie review

Lemurs have impressive dance skills. They look like a viral gif waiting to happen, the way they shimmy and gallivant with their gangly limbs. And the primates’ moves provide some of the most diverting moments of the 3-D Imax film “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.”

This bit of edutainment, which clocks in at shorter than 40 minutes, is a collaboration between Imax and Warner Brothers, and it turns out to be a slick nature movie with the added cachet of Morgan Freeman’s calming voice. The technology impressively embraces the audience, putting us in the middle of the rain forest, face to face with curious, beady eyes.

The movie tells the unlikely history of lemurs, which survived the dinosaurs and floated to Madagascar on little rafts of vegetation. There they’ve flourished, although man-made fires in their forested habitat have shrunk the numbers of certain species. There’s a subplot involving a lemur specialist, who is attempting to save dwindling populations. And there are bits and pieces about their female-centric power structure.

But really this movie is about marveling at the incredible adorableness — despite those creepy, brightly colored eyes — of lemurs. Sure, it can teach you more than most of the cat videos that show up in your inbox, but mostly you’ll leave wondering how to get your hands on a pet mouse lemur.

G. At Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater at the National Museum of Natural History. Contains nothing objectionable. 39 minutes.

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies, theater and art for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. She’s also the section’s de facto expert on yoga, gluten-free dining and bicycle commuting.
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