The David Suzuki Movie
Force of Nature
Review by Ross Anthony

This is the most beautifully shot lecture you're likely to see. At seventy-five, scientist, Canadian-TV personality, environmentalist David Suzuki sets out to give the lecture of his lifetime (both literally and figuratively).

He's likeable, well-spoken, quite passionate, and even tear-in-the-eye vulnerable. His red shirt looks splendid against the twilight atmosphere of the lecture hall and in a relaxing pan of the camera in front of the saturated colors of the edgeless media screen. It's a beautifully shot lecture, broken up artfully with friendly, charming, family-warm video segments that illuminate David from the perspective of a man in his twilight years looking back on his life as a member of humanity.

The work balances awkwardly, but humanly between this specific individual's nostalgia and his universal warning cry to step lightly on our living planet. In the end, that makes perfect sense. It's your particular experiences on Earth that most effectively make the planet worth looking after.

David calls the piece "The Force of Nature." He's refering to the destructive effects people are having on the third rock from the sun. His dire warnings are given in a passionate, but exiting way. It's as if he's saying, "I'm warnng you all, that's my calling. Now how about making it your calling to do something about it?" David jokes, "I can die now," as if his last work were done. Let's all be optimistic and envision David giving his real last lecture in 25 years at the age of 100. Maybe then in 2037, we'll have gotten our act together and David will title that lecture, "The Force of Nurture."

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  • Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie. Copyright © 2012.
  • Starring David Suzuki. Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. Shadow Distribution.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)


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Last Modified: Monday, 30-Jan-2012 20:09:27 PST