So, I saw this incredible documentary at its European premier last month at the BFI London Film Festival and Mr. DiCaprio was there (eek!).
It’s a must see for everyone – emphasis on everyone. There is no target audience. As long as you’re old enough to understand that our planet is beautiful and us human beings will collectively be the result of its demise (unless we pull our socks up) then you must watch it.
So this film, essentially, is to encourage us self-obsessed, materialistic, capitalism-loving homo sapiens to step it up and protect our home. Thats the most pivotal thing to remember – earth is our home.
The documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio around the world as he observes the effects of climate change, how these tragedies are the result of capitalism and how they can be avoided. Unfortunately, so much damage has been done already that it cannot be reversed, however, we CAN prevent further destruction.
Just like Cowspiracy which DiCaprio produced, this documentary is full of beautiful frames of nature and delivers knowledge on how our actions are affecting the planet. It will terrify you, make you feel guilty for all the things you should have been doing so far to save our environment and (hopefully) encourage you from here on out to make a change.
It is entirely ludicrous to suggest that climate change is a conspiracy and if you have not yet been convinced, then Leo will convince. He guides us around the world to some of the most magical and delightful of places to look at. These images are contrasted with not so lovely ones. The destruction of forests due to palm oil, melting polar ice caps and distressed animals who’s homes have been burned to the ground.
DiCaprio engages in interviews with a variety of the worlds most influential people, such as Barack Obama and Pope Francis. Making them aware of the situation and expressing the need for change. Before the Flood also features a glimpse of his time while filming The Revenant – the location of the final shoot had to be altered due to – guess what – global warming. The snow melted away (and it really shouldn’t have) so Alejandro G. Iñárritu marched down to the South Pole with a pissed of Tom Hardy and Leo chanting “I TOLD YOU ALL”.
It’s incredible watching a man who has such a huge spectrum of audiences use his status to educate and motivate society, but this film will also show you how Leo is just a humble man who adores animals and is fascinated by nature.
To conclude; have shorter showers, recycle, DON’T purchase anything with palm oil, become vegetarian, or even vegan – just do something. Lets look after our home, look after our animals and look after ourselves.
Before the Flood is available to watch online for free and Cowspiracy is available on Netflix. There’s no excuse – go go go!