trailer break: ‘The Age of Stupid’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

I love the idea of this film, as the official site describes it:

Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

But I’m not sure if this trailer adequately conveys how the film is going to accomplish this, at least in any way that isn’t preaching to the choir. Not that that’s not often a problem with documentaries these days, which isn’t an issue with the films themselves but with the fact that, in the absence of wide, mainstream audiences for them, they’re inevitably reaching viewers already interested in their perspectives.

Like, there’s the bit in the trailer about the one-rupee airfare, which could be seen as a good thing for a lot of people. I’m guessing that the film will take the tact that the planet cannot afford, ecologically speaking, to extend the luxury of air travel to more people, and in fact we should be dramatically reducing air travel as we know it today. But you already have to know that background to get that from the trailer.

Might be a good film. It’s not a good trailer, though.

The Age of Stupid is now playing in the U.K.; no U.S. release date has been announced yet.

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Victor Plenty
Victor Plenty
Wed, Apr 01, 2009 9:40pm

David Brin suggested we might dramatically expand access to air transportation, with very little damage to the environment — if we did it by using airships instead of airplanes.

(That’s one of many interesting elements from his 1990 novel “Earth,” which is set in the year 2040 and great for anyone craving a realistically non-apocalyptic vision of one possible human future.)

As for this film, I’m curious in part because Pete Postlethwaite has always been a compelling presence wherever I’ve seen his work.

Thu, Apr 02, 2009 12:07am

if we did it by using airships instead of airplanes.

Sure. But that does not appear to be what this movie is suggesting we do.

Victor Plenty
Victor Plenty
Fri, Apr 03, 2009 8:16pm

True. Sometimes, when a work of art with laudable goals is poorly executed, I like to mention other works of art that did a better job of promoting the same goals.