This is very possibly the best "family film" in decades, by which I mean this is a film that parents and kids will enjoy watching together. It has an appeal that adults can relate to, and kids simply love it. My family has watched this movie together many times.
The story is about a young girl (Amy, played excellently by Anna Panquin) whose parents have split up; her father (Jeff Daniels) lives in Canada and her mother with whom she lives is in New Zealand. When mom is killed in an auto accident, Amy goes to Canada to live with her downright eccentric dad. She is unhappy and out of place until she adopts a flock of baby geese, and this is where the story really starts. The geese have lost their parents, and do not know how to migrate. Amy and her dad and their friends decide to teach them how. What a great story, and the cinematography of the flight scenes is breathtaking and astounding! This is a funny, touching, and entertaining movie that deserves every one of the five stars that most reviewers have awarded it. The story is out there on the outer edge of plausibility and this gives it a magical quality that sends the message that all things are possible with perserverence, intelligence, and luck. I cannot imagine any family not enjoying this superb film.
Fine performances by Miss Panquin, Jeff Daniels and the supporting cast. This is one of those films where everything came together very well, to make what has become a true classic. The storyline moves along smartly, the acting is consistently good, and the ending is truly touching. By the way, the scene where the baby geese are born in my opinion is one of the finest and most touching scenes ever to grace either DVD or the silver screen. Don't miss it.