An Inconvenient Sequel Blu-ray Review
If you’re a climate change denier and you’ve come to read this review, I seriously ask, “Why?” It would be like a liberal seeking out a review of HILLARY’S AMERICA: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. So I ask that of you, that if you don’t believe in climate change or if you’re generally not a fan of Al Gore and his political beliefs, its best you don’t read this because I don’t feel like this movie, this review, or even my thoughts, will sway you to watch this film.
The former Vice President seems to pick up right where he left around a decade ago in AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL. The world is still in peril and he still has plenty of terrifying graphs and deadly videos highlighting the destruction of Mother Earth. Most of the film is updated footnotes in his theatrical 2006 lecture. But this time the documentary takes a few moments to take in the real-time world evolving around climate change.
Much of the real-time events involve the Paris Climate Accord and the ensuing events after the 2016 election. Gore famously met with then President-elect Donald Trump, optimistic that the 45th President of the United States would keep Gore’s, and the worlds, hard work intact. Well, we now know that didn’t happen, but we also know that in the grand schemes of things, it really didn’t matter what the President’s words were. And in a way, that’s what a lot of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL is about.
On a macro scale, Gore visits a small Texas town that is switching to 100% renewable energy and we also see inspired youth, mainly after Gore’s intimate academic lectures, taking to the streets or podium to voice concerns about global warming. On a global scale, we see the efforts, not only by some in political office in the U.S., but world leaders who’ve taken up the green mantra, pushing for solar and wind energy, as well as a reduction fossil fuel use.
For those who vote blue, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL is definitely a documentary with a positive spin that acts as a warm embrace during President Trump’s tenure. That’s not to say Gore and his cohorts mix some doom and gloom into the documentary for good measure. Without explicitly saying it, the film states that it appears we’re past a point of no return and that the weather extremes we’ve seen globally will continue or get worse. Unfortunately, they’ll probably get worse.
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL sometimes feels like an unnecessary continuation. But that shouldn’t take away from Al Gore’s passion, drive and activism. As the movie points out, he may have lost the 2000 election (something that most likely still stings him on a weekly basis), but he hasn’t quit doing what he believes in. He quietly resigned his political power, but in that resignation he’s found a new voice, one that is creating political and global change. AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL is not only an update on where we stand with global warming, but a celebration of Gore’s continued efforts to preach his message. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it feels a little self-congratulatory.
Video: (1080p HD Widescreen 1:85:1) The film is spectacular looking, and a lot of it comes through wonderfully on this blu-ray, unless it’s utilizing stock footage.
Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) The soundtrack is unnoticeable, but everything else is well-balanced.
Effecting Change: Speaking Truth to Power (26:43): Gore looks back at his original documentary and talks about how he watched its impact over the year. He reflects a little on its creation, but mainly focuses on how the cause has grown and the crew he assembled to help him carry on his legacy in a new documentary.
OneRepublic-Truth to Power Lyric Video (3:42): A lyric video for a song by OneRepublic used in the film.
Truth in Ten (11:29): Gore summarizes his new film in visual bullet points. Feels like a digestible version of his documentary for classrooms.