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.