This movie deserves a long, thoughtful, elegantly composed review. Oh well. What I can deliver is a brief cheer: “Watch this movie!”
What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire is not Just Another Eco-tastrophe Movie. It’s a personal, poetic, and challenging cultural analysis of the mess Western and rich capitalist societies are in. The imagery and soundtrack deliberately seeks to move the viewer at the level of emotions, while at the same time the intellectual content encourages reflexivity and questions. Go with it, it’s a trip. It offers the challenge of unresolved questions and personal responsibility, rather than easy answers. There’s no ‘happy chapter’ at the end, but it offers hope, of a mythic, initiatory kind, for those willing to journey into the unknown.
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