An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG)
98 mins ★★★★ There was always the risk that a documentary about climate change would simply wind up preaching to the converted.
After all, who else wants to sit through an hour-and-a-half of an exvice-president going on about melting icecaps and rising sea waters? Surely it’s the climate change deniers who need to watch this film, but arguably they will not deign to. So who is Al Gore’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth for?
As it turns out, very compellingly: you and me. And while I was sceptical that he’d be able to move me beyond what I think I know and how much I think I care already, Truth to Power presents a fascinating and extremely sobering message that actually made me sit up and listen to every word.
The film begins, cannily, by addressing Gore’s critics through soundbites of the various allegations of implausibility and hysteria levelled at the 2006 film.
But the documentary then gets on with the task at hand: outlining the steps Gore continues to go to in order to train up ‘‘climate change leaders’’ (ordinary people across the globe who are educated in order to educate others), his lobbying of world and corporate leaders and, ultimately, his bravura attempt to facilitate funds and technology which would enable one of the world’s biggest users of fossil fuels to move towards sustainable energy
What I was looking for in Gore’s film was something that would provoke me as an ordinary citizen to make personal changes, to lobby, to vote for leaders who will forge change on my behalf.
In delivering just this, Gore’s sincere and passionate manner convinced me that this is not about him, but very much about us. – Sarah Watt
Al Gore’s sincere and passionate manner shows this is about us, not him.