Monday, January 30, 2017

An Inconvenient Truth - 6 stars out of 10

An Inconvenient Truth - 6 stars out of 10

"An Inconvenient Truth" is Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary about global warming.  Regardless of your stance on the issue, his PowerPoint presentation that details the science behind the theory is very interesting. In an attempt to add substance so that this documentary feels like more than a video archive of a lecture, the directors interspersed some random musings from Gore's childhood about playing in nature.  It is an attempt to humanize the politician but seems more awkward than anything.  Gore adds some comedy into his talk to keep it from being too dry, including a Simpsons-style animation to explain global warming and his demonstration of numbers being off the chart.  These are in good taste but the film could've delivered its global warming message without taking cheap shots at George W. Bush for being elected president.  That sequence feels more like sour grapes than a motivator in spreading Gore's environmental message.  "An Inconvenient Truth" is very informative if you aren't well-informed on the theory of global warming and the potential effects on the earth if it exists.  Even if you don't buy it, this will allow everyone to have an educated discussion on this environmentalist crusade.

[Pictured: Gore's comical representation of measurements that are off the chard is informative and gets the point across]

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