An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
USA / English
"A Global Warning "A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.
Film overdoses on too much Al
Regardless of how you feel about Al Gore as a politician, this
documentary is worth seeing because of the gravity of the issues
discussed. Gore proves to be a worthy spokesman and his arguments are
clear and concise at the beginning of the film. In other words, you do
not need to be a scientist to understand what he is saying about the
environment and the consequences of global warming. He is an effective
communicator and good at explaining the problem in layperson's terms.
The problem with the film is, ironically, too much of Al Gore himself.
Less than halfway through I began to ask myself "Is this a documentary
about global warming or about Al Gore?" There is a shift from the
message to the messenger; global warming fades into the background
while Al moves to the front and center. While a brief personal portrait
(family background, political career) could have enhanced the story, in
this documentary the focus on Gore dilutes the film's central theme.
Towards the end, Gore's examples become slightly disjointed as he tries
to "throw too much into the bag" (ex: overpopulation). I blame this
more on the editing of the film than on his live presentations (people
have criticized the movie as being "about a slideshow", but seeing the
film made me want to attend one of Mr. Gore's presentations in
person!). Thankfully, "An Inconvenient Truth" ends on a positive note.
That alone makes this documentary recommended viewing.
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