An Inconvenient Truth

Something to take your Republican friends to. If, you know, one HAD Republican friends.
★★★★
☆☆
Released: 
2006
Director: 
Davis Guggenheim
Starring: 
Al Gore
The Setup: 
Al Gore explains global warming.
Discussion: 

I LOVE reading articles about global warming, crystal meth, and American obesity. There are other favorite topics, but those are the top three. Failed plastic surgery is a good one, too. I just love things where people are superficial or short-sighted and something comes back and bites them in the ass. Yes, I am mean-spirited and misanthropic!

So when I saw the ridiculously hyperbolic trailer for An Inconvenient Truth, which includes all this in its 2:30 run time: “It will shake you to your core! If you love your children, you must see this film! The most terrifying movie you will ever see! Nothing is scarier than the truth!” I knew I HAD to go. I love that kind of alarmism. I especially like “If you love your children, you must see this film.” What, am I watching Fox News? It’s that kind of Fox News logic: if you don’t see this film, you obviously don’t love your children. It’s just that simple! How will you explain to your grandchildren that you didn’t see this movie?

I was a little disappointed. Having read a ton of articles on global warming, I didn’t hear anything I didn’t already know. Sure, you see the graphics and all, the simulations, and that’s neat, but… if you’ve been reading articles on global warming, you don’t need to see this movie.

So this movie is best for those who don’t know a lot about the topic, or your Republican family members , or anyone you know who doesn’t know that much about it or is skeptical. It certainly is a good, informative and undeniable argument that something is going on, and it also doesn’t involve the effort of reading, which I know can be very daunting for some people.

The movie strains hard in its final minutes to convince you that there’s something you can do. I personally could have done without the helpful hints and actions I can take that plays during the credits while we hear Melissa Etheridge sing a plaintive ballad of personal and political awakening, and I think the movie loses about half of its audience in those last seconds, as the whiny lefty tone it had managed to restrain thus far comes flying out and leaves a lasting impression.

This movie is most interesting [if you already know about global warming] as a powerful piece of rehabilitation of Al Gore. Okay, so people got sick of Bush I and voted for Clinton. Then they got sick of Clinton and voted for Bush II [or didn’t, but whatever]. Now everyone’s sick of Bush II and they’re looking back toward Clinton’s as portrayed by Al Gore. This movie fortuitously humanizes Gore to a great extent [with all the dull personal revelations], but more importantly, makes it look as though after he failed to capture the country, he didn’t sit around and mope, but this whole time has been quietly working for the betterment of mankind. So the most lasting importance of this movie [if it continues to be widely seen] may be in its effect in shifting the national mood toward Al Gore.

So there you are. See it if you want to support it, see it if you don’t know about global warming or you aren’t sure if it’s happening, or take friends and family who don’t know about it. If you’ve been following the issue, this movie won’t bore you, but it also won’t tell you much you don’t already know.

Should you watch it: 

Probably yes. If you have read about global warming, however, you are excused.