Inconvenient Truth, An
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This film did enlighten me as to one inconvenient truth…That Al Gore is as boring a filmmaker as he is a politician. Now on its most basic level, I expected this movie to be a documentary about global warming. That’s what it is advertised as and so I have no reason to believe otherwise. Boy was I inconvenienced.
This film is more of a tale about Al Gore himself, and what he has done in his life to battle global warming. He manages to throw in some very dry stats and graphs. He enlisted the help of The Simpsons’ Matt Groening to do some very low budget animation work. It all comes off as very dry and overly-produced.
This film is not so much about global warming and the dangers it poses to all society as it is about Al Gores massive ego. As it begins we see montages of Gore making speeches and getting applauded. We spend over five minutes just watching him get applauded. Talk about feeding your ego.
This self appreciation continues thru much of the film. We learn about Gores life on the farm, and he discusses about every family member he’s ever had die. He really pushes the envelope of trying to make us forget that he is Washington fat cat who has done more to try to censor music in this country then any other man. He wants us to feel sorry for him as we hear his me against the world tales. Poor Gore was preaching about global warming in the 70’s when all the other senators laughed at him. Boo-frickin’-who.
I guess I am so upset because I really care about global warming personally, and I thought this was to be a definitive film on the subject. I didn’t realize it was just a chapter into Gore’s next campaign adventure. Gore really tried hard to come off as a personably normal person. He told a lot of lame jokes and was very active on the stage. He did prove to be a very engaging speaker, he just wasn’t talking about anything with substance.
I am very disappointed this is up for an Oscar. There are a lot of really really talented documentary filmmakers out there who get slighted every year by the A-Listers who decide they have something to share. The Al Gore’s, The Michael Moore’s, and the Ron Silver’s of the world need to stick to what they do best and leave everyone else alone.
This was a waste of everyone’s time. It was a waste of Gore’s time to make it, it was a waste of my time to view it, and it is a waste of your time to read this. Save your two hours on something worthwhile. Watching paint dry holds higher entertainment value.
Added: Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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