Al Gore’s Truth to Power: worth a watch?

Eleven years after the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth laid out Al Gore’s urgent screed on the looming perils of global warming, the self-described “recovering politician” is back for a regrettably necessary follow-up, speaking to current leaders about the alarming environmental threats facing us all while, more constructively, offering pointers to sustainability.

Everything said here is vigorously on point but that doesn’t make it much of a movie. Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk haven’t significantly expanded on the 2006 film’s PowerPoint-driven cinematic language, and for all Gore’s unfashionable, unaffected charisma, his relentless schedule of meetings and addresses doesn’t make for a galvanising documentary structure. Well thats what Evening Standard UK thinks.

Here are some other reviews:

Guardian: 3/5 (rating)

As Gore visits the world’s environmental flashpoints, the footage of floods, storms and exploding glaciers adds ballast to the statistics. There’s a sliver of against-the-clock narrative at the 2015 Paris climate summit, although the film simplifies matters in suggesting that India’s coming on board was the result of Gore making a few well-placed phone calls behind the scenes. Useful as a teaching tool, strictly functional as cinema.

Telegraph UK:

Much like its predecessor, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a far more accomplished piece of advocacy than filmmaking. Its star isn’t exactly overburdened with Hollywood charisma, and its various argumentative manoeuvres are pulled off with the grace of a reversing bin lorry. But it still politely seizes you by the lapels, makes its case with range and precision, and sends you home with a carbon-neutral fire in your chest.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77% (rating)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power makes a plea for environmental responsibility that adds a persuasive — albeit arguably less impactful — coda to its acclaimed predecessor.

Washington Post:

In a time when climate change seems an issue more vital than ever — especially as the Trump administration moves to dismantle programs meant to slow global warming and withdraws from global environmental partnerships — it is odd to find oneself in the position of saying this: The new documentary about Al Gore’s continued climate crusade lacks urgency.

Common Sense Media: 3/5 (rating)

Less focused and more fragmented than the original, it still offers updated information, reasons to be hopeful, and more insight into Gore himself. It’s very much worth seeing for middle school-age kids and up.

Well, we watched it too. Whatever the critics say from a cinematic experience viewpoint, it holds an important message and it is important to talk about it. So, do watch it. If you haven’t watched An Inconvenient Truth, please do. That’s a must watch!

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