Al Gore has somehow managed to survive the disgraceful 2000 US Presidential election to return to a passion of his, educating anyone who will listen on Global Warming. And if he had this much passion then maybe he wouldn't have won the election by so thin a margine that he lost it.
An Inconvenient Truth is a film of his presentation which explores the realities of this phenomenon. This description (slideshow lecture + weather report + Al Gore, former boring presidential candidate) does not sound like great cinematic entertainment. Well, guess what? It truly is.
An Inconvenient Truth is engagingly terrifying. Gore is calm and humorous in his delivery but the message he gives is shocking. This is all stuff we know. This is fact that is available and almost completely undisputed. Yet there is a passion beneath Goreís slide show, a passion for the future, for his children and their legacy, and for the sanctity of this planet, that underlies everything that he says. This passion for truth and the disdain for the excuses that are being made is what makes An Inconvenient Truth such a powerhouse.
It isnít just the facts, which as I said are available to anyone who wants to spend anytime looking. Itís the ridiculousness of the so-called ďsceptics.Ē In a brilliant piece of allegory, Gore shows us ads from the 50s showing Doctors smoking that were a response to the first Surgeon Generalís report saying smoking is unhealthy. This highlights how silly the attempts at denial truly are.
He also spends time focusing on the solutions to the problem. These are very doable solutions. Solutions for the average North American. Solutions that are simply ignored because of the fog around our heads.
There were a few moments in the film where he interjects images of his own background politically and personally that at first seem a little self-aggrandizing. However he always manages to tie these back into the important message of the film. He always has a reason for what he does and doesnít allow An Inconvenient Truth to be self-promotional. The message speaks for itself. He is just an illustration of the issue.
There are always those who want to hide in the sand. The greatness of a film like this is that is forces us to be more conscious of the choices we make. If that sand is so damn comfortable then ask yourself at what price and be willing to defend it.
This isnít the most artful film ever made. Gore simply presents his slideshow and we watch. Itís the content that makes it so riveting. As a movie An Inconvenient Truth is just well done. As an experience itís excellent.
An Inconvenient Truth doesnít offer anything special on the big screen except to experience it in a room with other people. This is our collective future we are talking about. We shouldnít hide away in dark rooms by ourselves. Hearing the audience gasp at the horror presented and applaud at the truth being said is worth the ticket price.
Since I don't have much faith that our political will can change enough to do too much about this I hope I am still living in Calgary when the floods come.