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Has anybody here gone to see An Inconvenient Truth?
I went last night, and it was pretty well done, much better than I was expecting. I've just come off a year of learning about global warming in several classes and research projects, so I like to think that I'm more informed than most on the issue. The hyperbole and "worst case scenario" stuff was very limited, and Gore really did give a reasonable view of the evidence for global warming and the projections as to what it will mean in the future. This was all wrapped up in a very slick presentation and it was easy to follow and understand.
I wasn't expecting the parts of the film which deviated from his slide-show presentation and instead showed little bits of his life. They were well done, and gave some nice analogies between Gore's personal life (and maybe those of the film's viewers) and his environmental crusades.
My only real complaint is that ways to combat global warming were only touched upon and not in any depth. That should have been expanded to give a more complete experience: "Here is what is wrong and why it is wrong and what may happen. Now here are ways that we, as individuals and as a group, can help stop it." The second part just wasn't there to any significant degree. And while that may have been the film's intent, to wake people up to the issue and realize that there IS a problem, an extra 15 or 20 minutes wouldn't have hurt.
It's a very powerful film, but I'm worried that people will dismiss it simply as "Al Gore lecturing us about the environment." That's the Catch-22....Gore's involvement gives this project a much higher profile than it would've gotten otherwise, but it also prevents the film from taking the message seriously due to Gore's political baggage.
Anyway, expect this to win the Best Documentary Oscar, just to the Hollywood lefties and stick it to the president again and keep the Gore 2008 whispers going. I'm also waiting for Bush to narrate a documentary called "An Inconvenient Union" about gay marriage any day now.
Edited to note that this is somehow my 4000th post. Hey, I'm just glad I was able to stick a Bush joke in there.
(edited by Big Bad on 6.6.06 0244) "You know what the fellow said: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." --- Harry Lime (Orson Welles) in The Third Man
They just need to go all out with this and get Paul Giamatti on the panel too just to oppose everything he does and try to keep him in line. It's not like people are watching the show for the contestants!