Movie Review Friday: If A Tree Falls
Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week we review a film or television event with an environmental theme. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a short review and look for it in the next Movie Review Friday.
If the film works as a character study, McGowan's tough to crack. His sister says that he's a hard-core environmentalist, but that he didn't grow up with strong political convictions. Using an impressive number of interviews and much archival footage, Curry seeks to reconstruct McGowan’s journey from his innocuous upbringing to his involvement with ELF, which arose in response to battles between environmental radicals and unyielding law enforcers. Without partiality, the film asks difficult questions about eco-terrorism's validity.
Audiences won’t leave with clear answers, but that might be the point. Either way, If A Tree Falls deserves praise for doing what many documentaries fail to do: showing all sides of a difficult issue so that viewers can draw their own conclusions.