By Gregory Crofton
The brilliant reds, greens and purples of ocean life seen in Ultra HD 4K are reason enough to watch “The Octopus Teacher.” The documentary however delivers plenty of story too, and combined, this film works on levels rarely achieved in the nonfiction wildlife genre.
Surely one of the best documentaries of 2020, “The Octopus Teacher,” which premiered on Netflix this month, tells the story of a burned out wildlife photographer Craig Foster. Foster decides that returning to underwater kelp forests where he swam as a boy might revitalize him. His spirit returns and he picks up a camera to document the friendship he forges with a small octopus. It is a short-lived relationship, but a real one.
Directed by Pippa Erlich and James Reed