Well shit, I'm not really one to do a movie review, but perhaps I feel this is a worthy viewing.
I don't want to be so absolute, but bashing this movie, especially on the lines of "liberal propaganda" or anything like that is getting a bit on the ignorant side. I thought I would throw that out there.
I went into the movie knowing it was documentary regarding global warming. I must say, it really changes your perspective on the issue. I guess the movie shows that it is a clear cut issue, not so confusing as some might have it. I don't want to summarize the movie persay. It is just better to see. It has strong visuals, and facts that I guess you really cannot refute. When you have the leverage, wealth, and power as Gore does, you can get very dense and thorough data on pretty much anything. Perhaps it took something like this to really emphasize the issue.
The movie's focus is not entriely political. Albeit it has its political stabs, and leverage, and gripes, but that just isn't the focus. It does emphasize the political aspect of the issue, especially when it comes to Gore's fight for it in the past, and also the problems we have in the government on such issues, both in the past, but especially in the current administration. Seriously, there are some major problems (not just myths) that have been a result of the Bush administration. It is more of a liberal movie, which shouldn't be surprising, but it is effective. It isn't a movie that was made because Gore is bitter about losing the presidency or anything on those lines, it really is about this issue.
Starting off, it is with Al Gore. Before anybody starts saying he is sooo boring, etc, this is not the case. He is actually very interesting and passionate about the issue. This doesn't seem to be a royalty for him; it seems like it is something that really cares about, and that has a profound difference on the overall perspective. His approach works. As he says in the movie, he tries to break any confusion on the topic. It is effective. He is aarticulate and profound, and during the movie, and certainly after, it hits that this is a problem. And it is severe. But how?
Gore traveled to thousands of cities world-wide (and still does) and simply does powerpoint presentations. They are more elaborate than a simple high school presentation, but the format is somewhat the same. The facts are hard, the visuals intense. There some cartoony elements, but that is fine. They aren't obsurred, because they are effective in what they are trying to portray.
Right away, "An Inconvenient Truth" tackles issues. I know that I've been one to think "well global warming is a natural cycle." There is some truth to that, and what pushes this movie further is that Gore addresses many misconceptions that many people have. He doesn't evade them. So, regarding the natural cycle, he shows ice samples from Antarctica (from when he visited, by the way) and it is obvious that there is a cycle of warming and cooling the world that has gone on for hundreds of thousands of years. That is nothing new. And it is pretty obvious that we are in a trend of warming after the last ice age. Once again, nothing new. However, it is the very recent changes, primarily in temperature and Co2, that are most astonishing. Within the past half century, it hasn't been a very natural process of warming. And we see this.
But China is causing the most harmful pollution, not us. Nope. There are many hard core conservatives that immediately put the blame unto China and many other developing nations, and not the US. Afterall, the US is such a industrialized, modern nation, so we can't be as much of a factor. No doubt, a country like China is having an impact, but the US is particularly bad when it comes it emissions, but the US is the largest contributor. Just listen to the plaguing talk radio (which seems to be a large cult at times) and people will easily dismiss this movie before they know anything about it, especially because it is Gore who is delivering these presentations. It is almost comical, but simultaneously scary, that the movie addressed this with such eloquenc and precision.
A useful tool that many will hate, but I found relevant, was the use of personal annecdotes that Gore would tie into the issue. Once again, reading it isn't like seeing it. Avoiding this movie due to political purposes is foolish. I'm not trying to push politics onto people, and this movie doesn't really either. It is effective and powerful. It is a worthy movie to see.
On a side note, it was almost pathetic to see a long ass line last night for "The Break Up" when there were maybe 10 people in this particular showing that I saw. fucking kids
The movie is only being shown right now in less than 150 theaters nationwide, but more to come. It is esepcially relevant to NS. What we do about this could/will have lasting affects on something as simple as snow. Perhaps it would be best to just see it.
Also, for those who have or anything, any additional insight on this?