An Inconvenient Sequel
Picking up some ten years after the first documentary, we find Al Gore defending his arguments and going around the world recruiting Climate Change ambassadors, as well as taking detours to Greenland for some glacier torture porn and Miami for some flooding porn. All this leads to the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement when the world signs a pledge to reduce carbon emissions, only for stupid America to elect stupid Trump who, despite not knowing what it is, calls it a bad deal and intends to scrap it.
Overall the movie seems to meander between following (and somewhat idolizing) Al Gore and offering more evidence and proof of climate change, unsure which is the film’s subject. While there is still lecturing about climate change dangers, it’s not repeating the first film, and it’ll unlikely change stupid disbelievers’ opinions. The personal moments with Gore seem more fascinating, watching someone so passionate trying to get the world to get its act together while there still might be time. Although I thought it was somewhat ambiguous what Al Gore’s climate leadership sessions do, yet the movie spends a lot of time following Gore to different events around the globe where he recruits more followers. It felt like a missed opportunity there. The movie picks up ground and becomes more captivating with the Paris Climate deal and seeing Gore find a way for the deal to go through. The election of Trump feels like it should be the start of the second half of the movie, instead it’s the immediate end, which left me with the feeling that perhaps they should have kept filming. Overall it’s not a bad movie, it just felt a little unsure of what it was supposed to be.