Thoughts on Age of Stupid?

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Just an open thread to post your thoughts about the film (and you can learn more at its website) – what did you think? And what might we take away from it for our production?

6 Responses to Thoughts on Age of Stupid?

  1. Ryan Kellett says:

    I left the film somewhat unsatisfied. While it was an interesting example of tying a number of “segments” together (useful for us), the futuristic look back format was a big gamble that didn’t pay off for me. It certainly got me thinking but the novelty of a world archive wore off quickly.

  2. I felt like I should have bruises. That was quite a body blow that seemed less about posing solutions than casting blame. While it was interesting to see how the Indian airline fit into everything, on the whole the segments felt disjointed and abrupt. Which is not to say that I wasn’t affected by the film: I definitely felt beat up at the end of it all, and quite a bit hopeless. I just wonder if a man riding in on an old bike is the best way to get any message across?

  3. Jacqueline Faillace says:

    I agree with Leslie in that this was very much a doom and gloom film that was quick to assign blame. While the film was disjointed, I think that there were a couple of techniques that worked well. I thought that the film’s use of animation was interesting. It functioned to consolidate information/events, while at the same time simplifying them. I also liked how the film would juxtapose clips so that they would be in dialogue with one another.

  4. Saila Huusko says:

    While I agree with Ryan on the fact that the futuristic look back format was a big gamble and with Leslie and Jacquie on that upon leaving the theater one feels hopeless rather than motivated, I enjoyed the film. A lot. I thought it was very effective in highlighting some of the paradoxes of our time, and quite ingeniously weaved together stories and ideas that may have otherwise seemed disconnected. I really liked the animations (that are all made by different people, very innovative!) and some of the documentary parts are very interesting and even touching at times: the refugee children selling American used shoes, the medical student selling diesel to be able to study, the oil company worker who has his house swept away by the hurricane, and the Indian airline mogul doing just what the Brits (for example) have done before. All great individual stories, that work well to highlight bigger issues.

    It’s true that the film is quick to assign blame, over-simplifies complex issues and human history, and is packed with too many formats in one film (documentary, fiction, sci-fi, animation, news..) and is patchy in terms of ideas. The film could have used some cleaning up; like getting rid of the cheesy reflections by the actor. They just slowed down the flow. However, I did not feel depressed in the end. It is hard to address essentially negative issues in a positive way, and I don’t think there is any need to do so. Climate change is real and it makes me uncomfortable – just like the film did. I don’t mind. We should also remember that as college students we’re like a choir – we don’t need preaching anymore. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there for whom this film will be a wake-up call.

    As for what we can take away from the film, perhaps the way individual stories can illustrate larger themes? Or perhaps the way music was used?

  5. Saila Huusko says:

    While we’re on the topic… I thought this sequence was great:

  6. Kris Williams says:

    Mainstream science absolutely does not say that our race will be all but extinct in 50 years… Extremism will only do more damage to the movement. The radical fantasy surrounding the excellent documentary footage detracted from the value of the film. Those who are indoctrinated will become more extreme while the less convinced will only get more ammo to fire at environmentalism.

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