“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power” Doesn’t Have The Heart To Match Its Ambition

While you have to appreciate what Al Gore is trying to do in bringing the important message of climate change to the masses, An Inconvenient Sequel falls a little flat.

An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth To PowerAn Inconvenient Sequel is a film that aims high but sadly doesn’t quite reach expectation. Al Gore sets out to humanise climate change and explain the facts on a neutral level, which to an extent he does.

The positives of the film come from Gore’s passionate plea to make a positive difference in regards to climate change. His determination has only grown since his political beginnings in the 1980s but, somehow, his delivery still doesn’t seem quite right.

Gore’s ideas of human connectivity are welcome, and very much needed, but his delivery fails to engage or captive on screen. Maybe enjoyment isn’t what the film is about, but fact piled on fact, piled on what Gore has been up to, piled upon what Gore thinks, isn’t enough to entice and instead of inspiring an audience, he turns us off. A film exploring this topic lives and dies on its ability to generate discussion, but An Inconvenient Sequel is lacking.

While Gore is adamant that hope is coming, and we need to side step any despair that is bringing people of the world down, An Inconvenient Sequel never seems to get a rhythm going that keeps the viewer’s interest.

The man unarguably has some valid points, the sky is not our sewer and we need to remember that, but in all honesty that is one of the few lines that really stuck with me within a 100-minute film; which came across more like an Gore lecture than a piece of cinematic documentation. Ultimately, the film needed less Gore and more, well, just more of something else.

An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth To Power

He does make a decent attempt trying to connect science and politics on the million mile journey for climate change. His passion is undeniable and his knowledge is admirable, but that isn’t enough to create a worthy film. The film discusses others opinions but ultimately always circles back to Gore himself. Climate change is bigger than Al Gore, and while I don’t doubt for a second he knows that, in order to truly capture people’s attention and keep it there, he needed to talk less about himself, and more about the bigger picture.

The film opens with a joke, which is a nice easy way into the concept of such a hard hitting topic, the trailer would suggest however, that there is a lighter hearted overview of the film than there really is.

You have to appreciate what the former vice-president is trying to do in bringing the important message of climate change to the masses. It is not an easy task. There is a serious existential threat going on, we know that, and things do need to change. I can’t help but thinking though, if this was a Michael Moore or Louis Theroux documentary, it would have held more of an impact.

Now Gore has his own style and he is entitled to stick to it, and in his defence the film is quite optimistic overall. It just doesn’t quite have the captivating stick it should in discussing such an important modern issue. Either way, the facts are worth knowing, so on that basis, the film is worth a watch.

It’s a wake-up call but the whole thing falls a little flat. Somehow, Al Gore saying “Choose Life” fails to have quite the same impact as when Ewan McGregor said it.

an inconvenient sequel, two stars, Top 10 Films

Written by Leah Jade Wimpenny

An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth To PowerDirected by: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Written by: Al Gore
Starring: Al Gore
Released: 2017 / Genre: Documentary
Country: USA / IMDB
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Top 10 Films reviewed An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power on DVD courtesy of Universal. The film was released on DVD and Digital Dec 17 in the UK.

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Leah is currently studying film, media and culture studies and English literature at the University of Huddersfield. When not in uni or writing for magazines she is pulling pints in the local pub, drinking an excessive amount of tea or reading up on the latest philosophical theories.
  1. Mark Fraser Reply

    While Gore was the US vice president, two of the biggest polluters in the industrialised world were America and Canada. Didn’t see him on the lecture circuit talking about Bearman Pig back then. He’s a shameless opportunist.

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