Tuesday 5 September 2006

An Inconvenient Truth (2006) - ickleReview (cinema)

Documentary featuring Al Gore's slideshow presentation about global warming and climate change. For a film so full of scientific evidence, Gore does a much better job of presenting it than The Corporation (2003), without the sense that he's bashing you over the head with it.

Gore comes across as so much more statesman-like than he did in the 2000 presidential election campaign. He is a highly skilled, engaging spokesman. The visual aids he uses come across superbly on film. There is no doubt at the end of the film that global warming is a real and impending danger; and yet Gore's message is uplifting, not depressing.

The film is all about Al Gore. It's called "his" film about global warming in most media summaries, although he doesn't direct it (Davis Guggenheim does). It is a cutting together of a number of slideshow presentations he gave in cities across the world.

There are some moments (shot away from the presentation in hotel rooms, in the back of cars, in airports) where he talks about nearly losing his six-year-old son when he was run over, which feel like a presidential TV commercial, showing that he is a real person, not some political robot. He also has an annoying habit of calling the scientists who supply his data "a friend of mine", "my friend Joe Schmo". He probably has befriended them or knew them at college, but drop the act, bozo!

Nugget: everyone, including George W. Bush, should see this film.

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