Also closing are several plays with big-name headliners, including Three Days of Rain with Julia Roberts (in June) and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial with David Schwimmer (Friends). Proof again that big names don’t make a play a success; it’s all about the message, and the rest of the trappings — including stunning props and star power — can’t make up for a weak concept or poor direction.
OK, so no one’s going to be surprised that Al Gore is sincere and earnest, or that he’s well informed about the scientific mechanisms behind global warming. But viewers of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the new documentary about Gore’s personal crusade to educate the world about its warmer future — especially those of us who declined to vote for him in 2000 — may be surprised by the man’s soulfulness, sense of humor and professorial charisma.
It’s difficult to imagine that “An Inconvenient Truth” will change many Americans’ views on global warming. Gore’s track record as an environmental advocate is well known, and the film is not likely to play widely or well among the Fox News demographic. It may rally those of us who already agree with him to push the issue closer to the top of the national debate, and certainly that’s a worthy goal.