REVIEW: An Inconvenient Sequel
Local writer and confessed cinephile Jonasyl Aubrey Auxtero caught An Inconvenient Sequel down at the Deckie for it’s first screening on 1 Nov. Here’s what she thought of the film…
Eleven years since David Guggenheim’s weather forecast An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Al Gore returns older but not, in any way, less persistent than his younger self. It’s poetic how the opening scene of ice melting is juxtaposed with an aging politician who is racing against time to convince the world that climate change is real, and that we need to do something about it before it’s too late. Strange how, if you have seen the 2006 movie, I thought of Gore as the polar bear, exhausted in his effort to swim from one ice floe to another and eventually getting stranded on a small piece of melting ice.
But, this movie is not about the man himself, or at least not entirely. He is a single character in a much more elaborate world of policy-making, international relations, and political affairs. The intricacies of creating change on a worldwide scale involve re-evaluating and reflecting not only on ourselves as individuals looking into the future, but also on our shared history and where past generations’ decisions and actions have brought us. Without giving too much away, a scene in the movie shows how colonization has left some countries behind in terms of having the financial freedom to pursue renewable alternatives to the energy crisis.
Unlike the first movie, however, this installment puts too much focus on Gore’s seemingly solitary effort to combat climate change. It missed the opportunity to look deeper on issues such as our heavy reliance on fossil fuels and the underlying reasons for it. For an inconvenient sequel, it chose, ironically, only the convenient angles to depict a much more complex issue.
Nonetheless, eleven years on and this inconvenient sequel is still necessary and relevant. It is not another one of those Hollywood remakes rebooted to cash in on nostalgic viewers. More than its political backdrop and rude re-awakening of what’s happening to our planet’s polar icecaps, this movie inadvertently talks about our legacy or the absence of it should we allow our own destruction.
It is hopeful, but honest with the challenges at hand. It is empowering, but truthful in its depiction of a bigger power that dictates the world’s affairs. It warns of an impending doom, but presents remedies that may create more beneficial consequences for the future.
An Inconvenient Sequel is screening once more!
7.30pm, Sat 18 November