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More Than Honey


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  • More than Honey lets the death throes of a single bee, killed by one of the parasitic mites that spread when colonies are crammed together in the service of agribusiness, stand in for the larger calamity. It’s an appropriately alarming sequence, and one that suggests that since greed has had its day, it might be time to let fear have a turn.

  • Imhoof grew up in a beekeeping family, and his love and respect for the critters is evident throughout; he somehow manages to shoot them in flight as if they were soaring eagles, complete with stunning footage of a mid-air mating session. Views from within the hive are equally impressive, as today’s micro-cameras allow for up close, personal angles that would have been impossible a generation ago.

  • Imhoof seems to think there's something deeply mysterious and maybe even cosmic going on beneath the more tangible circumstances of human influence over animal life. The conclusions drawn are indeed fanciful, but Imhoof's sheer force of personality is captivating. Taken in stride with its more sensible investigative aspects, More Than Honey reveals itself as a curious, audacious mix of personal essay film and nature documentary.

  • It is the images that prove to be More Than Honey’s most striking feature. Using state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment, Imhoof places tiny cameras inside hives and succeeds at following bees in flight. The images he is able to capture are stunning, and the film works best when the story is told through purely visual means. Alas, the screenplay struggles to keep up with all the illustrative delights.

  • The film does an exceptional job of telling all sides of the story, from how the bees would react, that is if they could speak, to the difficulties faced with this unwritten arrangement between bees and humans. Despite this, it does feel as though More Than Honey is lacking something — Imhoof would’ve done well to embed a clearer oppositional argument to his standpoint which would’ve really gotten things going...

  • [More Than Honey is] a delightful, informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis, though in the end it does offer enough dewdrops of hope to fill up a bluebell or two.

  • “More Than Honey” takes in all the things hurting bees — overbreeding, pesticides, farming practices that upset their life cycles. By the time we see Chinese workers slowly and painfully pollinate trees by hand, unable to perform a fraction of one hive’s work, it’s clear that Imhoof is issuing a warning. Without any preachiness, this magically beautiful film urges us to take better care of the bees, and honor the irreplaceable things that they do for us.