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07.15.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Actors:
Glenn Close

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
We’re treated to beautiful aerial images of earth while Glenn Close tells us how horrible we are.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In case you didn’t know this; you’re a horrible person. Not driving a hybrid is the equivalent of strangling baby polar bears with your bare hands. That Chinese food you threw away this morning? It could have fed an entire village in India. You’re not doing your part to preserve the earth and in case you weren’t sure about that, Glenn Close and the screenwriters of HOME are here to tell you all about it.

Unfortunately for them, we all know how horrible we are. The earth is decaying, global warming is a problem, animals are dying off, etc. etc. But all of this was troublesome the first time we heard it in AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and so listening to HOME felt like I had to take the same class over again in summer school. And it did feel like school because although the images were breathtaking, they were just that; images. The aerial shots were wonderful, but they went by so slow, there were times I thought I might be watching a PowerPoint presentation.

I actually watched this movie twice, once at regular speed and again in fast-forward. I have to say that the second viewing was much more impressive and enjoyable. I don’t say that to be funny or mean, I say that to point out the fact that this two-hour “film” drags by at such a snail’s pace that you’re going to want to hit that fast-forward button at least a couple of times. It’s the difference between standing on top of a building and looking down and hang gliding. You get the same view both ways, but hang gliding is much more exhilarating. All this film needed was a little movement.

However, I don’t want to take too much away from the beautiful shots Yann Arthus-Bertrand gave us. Aerial photography is usually the highlight of any nature documentary and having a whole movie dedicated to it is a treat, I just wish he would have given us a little more movement and creativity. A few cliff jumps or skimming over the top of trees would have been nice. And Glenn Close preaching to us about changing the world go really old, really fast.
THE EXTRAS
None, but I loved the DVD case. It was eco-friendly with a recycling symbol cut out in the middle.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Meh. I think we’ve seen better visuals and with less preaching over the years. It does have some nice shots, but if you want it for the imagery, I’d pick up the Blu-ray instead.
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