I thought it was excellent.
I’m pretty well educated on much of the material so I went in not expecting to learn anything new, but my experience was quite the opposite. There was so much that I either didn’t know or didn’t fully understand- as for understanding, the movie is wonderful at presenting the hard science and then explaining it through analogy and illustration so that I would end up fully grasping a concept that might have confused me when first mentioned.
My pre-screening opinion was that this would be a film that only preached to the choir. But even if that is so, I think there is a lot that the choir has to learn that they weren’t really aware of. I think the choir will be so moved by this that they will influence people, who wouldn’t normally be interested, to see the film
There are definitely a few points that might be perceived as Bush bashing if you happened to be extremely protective of Bush. Even though I am no Bush fan, I did cringe whenever anyBush related point was brought up because I knew that any Bush bashing would hurt the film by calling into question the film’s true intentions.
However, any point that was Bush related included the point that neither Party is acting enough on this issue and, more than impuning Bush as an individual, these seemingly Bush related points culminated more in a call to responsibility of the American people.
Too much Gore?
Well, yeah. Definitely in parts, but I got over it. He’s been doing these lectures for years. He’s been involved with this issue for decades. This is very much his thing.
So, much of the film is him speaking at these lectures- GOOD!!!
He is so well versed on this topic, it was wonderful to hear him speak.
There are lots of shots of:
“Gore looking out a window thinking”- YUCK
“Gore standing by a tree pondering”- GAG
“Gore walking aroung the family farm remembering”- UPCHUCK
The “Yuck, Gag, Upchuck” portions did take away from the film a little bit for me- mostly because there are so many of those shots at the beginning and I really feared the whole movie would be like that. But it ends up being not so bad. These “thoughtful” shots do give way and the really good stuff takes over. And I honestly think the inclusion of these “Yuck, Gag, Upchuck” portions were not so much PR as they were just bad, sentimental filmmaking.
Still the film as a whole FAR OUTSHINES the “Yuck, Gag, Upchuck” portions. Really a must-see.