Some superhero movies are only as good as their villain, and though Al Gore may not wear a cape, his new movie sure has a great villain in the form of a lumpy demagogue named Donald Trump. He’s a very spooky character who seems almost cartoonishly narcissistic and willfully ignorant, and this trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power basically casts him as a Satan-like figure who can somehow convince people to act against their interests just by screaming and acting like an idiot. Unfortunately, this Trump guy isn’t really a cartoon villain, he’s a real-life villain, and he’s going to do whatever he can to turn this planet into a burning hunk of ash unless people stand up to him and continue to keep a spotlight on the horrible things he does.
So yes, Al Gore can be a little dull and a little preachy, but he’s doing important work here with An Inconvenient Sequel—even if our own A.A. Dowd’s Sundance review says that the Trump angle isn’t as big as this trailer seems to suggest. Anyway, Al Gore was on Futurama a few times, and if that doesn’t make someone worth listening to, what does?
An Inconvenient Sequel will be in theaters on July 28.