A review in four parts:
The movie itself was mediocre. I enjoy documentaries on the big screen, but there was nothing here but the bland: no interesting camera tricks, no fascinating footage, no ‘ah-ha’ moment, no humor. And one suspects that Gore would be better able to defend himself against the accusation that the movie was about his own political advancement if there had been fewer shots of him looking thoughtfully out of airplane windows, wheeling his luggage through airport terminals, or working on his laptop in fancy hotel rooms. They could have, you know, interviewed some people who had been affected by climate change or something.
Gore makes his case reasonably well. Unfortunately, he is still Al Gore when he makes it, with two modes: Wooden and Pretending to Be Emotional. If Ronald Reagan had been the spokespolitico for climate change, we would all have willingly given up our cars by now.
If what Gore claims is true, climate change is the biggest story of this (and the last) century. But how should I know? I don’t have a science background and you probably don’t either. If I so much as attempt to evaluate his claims, I feel like a little kid in mom’s heels with grandma’s feather boa around my neck.
The Mormon Angle
What should Mormons do with the hubbub about climate change? I don’t know. You tell me.