Richard and CP24 anchor Nathan Downer have a look at the weekend’s new movies including “The Dark Tower,” the eco-documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the latest Kathryn Bigelow film “Detroit” and the culinary road trip of “The Trip to Spain.”
Richard sits in with CTV NewsChannel anchor Marcia MacMillan to have a look at the big weekend movies including “The Dark Tower,” the eco-documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” and the latest Kathryn Bigelow film “Detroit.”
A new feature from from ctvnews.ca! The Crouse Review is a quick, hot take on the weekend’s biggest movies! This week Richard looks at “The Dark Tower,” the eco-documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” and the latest Kathryn Bigelow film “Detroit.”
Richard sits in with CKTB morning show host Tim Denis to discuss the weekend’s flickers including “The Dark Tower,” the eco-documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” and the latest Kathryn Bigelow film “Detroit.”
A decade after the glorified PowerPoint presentation “An Inconvenient Truth” won the Best Documentary Oscar and opened a lot of eyes to the effects of climate change comes a follow-up, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.”
For better and for worse the new film feels more like a movie than it predecessor. The slide show hasn’t completely disappeared but it is enhanced by the addition of on-the-ground footage, extensive interviews with Al Gore and news reports.
The film begins with Gore’s critics. Labelled everything from a con man to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels the audio clips remind us of the polarizing reaction to the first film. They are also the last voices of dissent we hear in the film. From here on in it’s the Al Gore Show—someone even gushes, “I wish I could call you Mr. President!”—as he tells rapt crowds about the Biblical threat of melting ice caps and the link between Zika and climate change, travels the world spreading his gospel and do media interviews. We get to know the man behind the PowerPoint through footage of him at his ancestral home, some family photographs and several revealing moments where he expresses doubt that his crusade is working quickly enough.
Gore is a friendly figure, a slow talking baritone with a bit of a drawl, but don’t let the Will Rogers persona fool you, he’s a canny spokesman. His language is filled with highly charged catchphrases about “rain bombs,” or how climate change is “a movement that will advance mankind” and how and why the world is under an “existential threat.” He’s a skilled speaker, ramping up the message through carefully chosen words and rational, although frequently impassioned, assessment of scientific facts.
To bolster Gore’s words the film relies on pie charts, graphs and facts and figures galore but it is the images that resonate. Footage of streets melting in Valsad, India in 128° weather or anticipatory mass graves dug in Asia in preparation of deaths from extreme weather are powerful images that once seen won’t be soon forgotten.
Gore’s verbiage may employ hyperbole but by-and-large the film doesn’t. In terms of traditional drama, a conflict to move you further ahead in your seat, the best the movie can do follows the Prime minister of Indian’s announcement that it would be morally wrong not to use fossil fuel to bring energy to 300 of his people who currently are without power. Gore jumps into action, trying to negotiate lower interest rates so India can cheaply invest in solar rather than coal and oil. It’s not exactly Hitchcock, but it does add some real life tension to the facts and figures.
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power” works better as a timely call to action than a movie entertainment. Canadians will note footage of the fires at Fort McMurray and a cameo from Justin Trudeau while all viewers worldwide are urged to “Fight Like Your World Depends On It” and become environmentally aware citizens.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. This week the late, great George A. Romero puts an end to one of the most enduring film legends of all time. Then the former Vice President of the United States drops by to discuss his new documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” and what to do when it gets so hot the street starts to melt. Stop by and sit a spell, it’s good stuff. Also, there is a great pun inhere somewhere about the pairing of the Zombie King and a man named Gore, but we are too tasteful to make it.