Bill Nye: Science Guy

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It took a lot to make me set aside my prejudice against grown men who wear bow ties and/or Sherlock Holmes deerstalkers, but Bill Nye is the real deal. Consider this less a biodoc, more of an attack on the real threat posed by human-caused climate change. Don’t expect directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg to provide much in the way of structured storytelling: this is a film about climate-change contrarians made by a pair of cinema-deniers. (The narrative spreads about as evenly as chunky peanut butter.) Still, there’s a lot more going on here than in Al Gore’s filmed Learning Annex lecture. Call it Nye on Ham: the greatest enjoyment here come from watching the Science Guy broadside Ken Ham’s Creationist Theme Park. Fill the ark with Ham’s hambone followers, cut the tethering ropes, and set the thing adrift. Biggest takeaway? Nye’s previous mission of making science accessible to children is nothing compared to the challenge in convincing adults of the perils of climate change. (2017) — Scott Marks

Rated NR | 1 hour, 41 minutes
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