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April 13, 2006

Link of the Day

The trailer for Al Gore's coming film, An Inconvenient Truth, is out. And it's a helluva trailer. My guess is that the reaction, and reassessment, triggered by this film will decide whether Gore enters the 2008 race. And with a teaser like this, the film could have a monstrous impact. Watch it.

Update: If you didn't read my April cover story on Al Gore, now might not be a bad time...

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Comments

Speaking of 2008... I heard today that former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel will throw his hat into the presidential ring on Monday. Near as I can figure, it's for the sole reason of pushing his idea of amending the U.S. Constitution to provide for initiatives & referenda, and nothing more.

Posted by: Grumpy | Apr 13, 2006 7:18:16 PM

Insert whining here about how my computer won't play Quicktime.

Anyone care to describe the trailer for me?

Posted by: Chris | Apr 13, 2006 7:43:09 PM

Here's another link (Apple's link didn't run to completion):

gore movie

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 13, 2006 8:05:14 PM

It looks like a compelling film and I'll definitely be going to see it. But that trailer...the scare music interspersed with Gore's lecture voice really strikes an incongruous contrast.

Posted by: morinao | Apr 13, 2006 9:22:11 PM

"Anyone care to describe the trailer for me?"

It's just the trailor for Air Force One but with Al Gore pasted over Harrison Ford.

Posted by: pantomimeHorse | Apr 14, 2006 1:44:20 AM

LOL, I actually just watched it. It starts out with the usual swoosh-noises and white-on-black-title-cards-receding-into-the distance; you know, the usual bullshit that trailer makers think still impress us. But then the funny thing is that Gore starts narrating. Did anyone responsible for this thing not notice that juxtaposing Gore's voice with dramatics comes off as quite silly?

Posted by: pantomimeHorse | Apr 14, 2006 1:48:55 AM

well, pantomimihorse, this is a dramatic moment in the history of mankind. Gore's reasoned voice is a nice counterpoint to the urgency that we should all feel.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 14, 2006 2:01:06 AM

Nice story for American Prospect, Ezra. Congrats on your first (?) cover!

Posted by: Aron | Apr 14, 2006 2:22:50 AM

I love Gore and hope he runs in 2008. And I'm fully on board with the urgency of global warming. But am I the only one who feels like this trailer comes off like a parody? It's so egregiously, comically over the top, I honestly thought at first it was a joke.

My understanding is that the film itself highlights Gore's new-found humanity, wit, and charm, and that's part of why it works. Certainly none of that comes across in the trailer.

(Great story on Gore, Ezra.)

Posted by: Realish | Apr 14, 2006 2:41:01 AM

Thanks Ezra for the link. I love Al Gore and worked on his campaign, but I just don't know,.......

I will be very interested in seeing how it plays to the independant voters who actually choose Presidents. My concern is that talk radio will doom it to audiences of the left as they did Fahrenheit 911.

As for the trailer, maybe too much hyperbole,..."The scariest movie ever!" is a bit over the top. They obviously haven't seen 'The Ring' :)

Posted by: Don | Apr 14, 2006 8:40:58 AM

Also, Congrats on the cover. That's great! You're a gifted writer and you will go far.

Posted by: Don | Apr 14, 2006 8:42:12 AM

I guess it's sort of like a religious thing, like The Passion of the Christ or something. If you believe in it, there's no way you could go over the top, that's how important it is. And you want to be as loud as possible to try to wake up the people who don't believe. If you don't believe, the whole thing winds up looking a little silly. Here's hoping it changes the minds - and priorities - of Americans.

Posted by: spike | Apr 14, 2006 10:11:16 AM

I need to be convinced Gore appeals to anyone but the base before I'd vote for him in a primary. Not saying I vote on electability (I actually think that term is a farce. Appeal is what YOU make it.) Just don't want to see us shoot ourselves in the foot again.

Posted by: Adrock | Apr 14, 2006 10:44:11 AM

I guess it's sort of like a religious thing, like The Passion of the Christ or something. If you believe in it, there's no way you could go over the top,

Well, I do believe in it but I think the trailer language is over the top. My concern is that this trailer will scar away independant voters who are the people who need to see it the most.

Posted by: Don | Apr 14, 2006 2:37:04 PM

But then the funny thing is that Gore starts narrating. Did anyone responsible for this thing not notice that juxtaposing Gore's voice with dramatics comes off as quite silly?

Obligatory Simpsons Quote:

"You are hearing me talk."
--Bart On the Road (3F17)

Posted by: Grumpy | Apr 14, 2006 6:01:51 PM

I remember Gore. He's the one who couldn't recognize the bust of Benjamin Franklin at Monticello, and, along with John Kerry, his SAT scores were worse than those of Dubya.

Posted by: Larry | Apr 16, 2006 4:33:34 PM

I remember Gore named the bust of Franklin himself and the tape from C-SPAN proves it!
What were your SAT scores????

Posted by: edTHEcynic | Mar 30, 2007 12:20:57 AM

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