The Film: HOME – My Impressions
From the start, the film offers incredible visuals of the Earth as it is today, starting with volcanoes and mountain ranges. The narration also begins to set up expectations for the subject matter presented by the film, giving the viewer knowledge of the origins of the Earth’s mountains and the bacteria that accumulated to make them possible. This gives an optimistic feeling to begin with, as I found the images and music to be somewhat calming and positive. The narration is delivered in an intellectual manner, alongside using metaphors and similes, which paints a decent picture of what is being described. While the narration is intellectual, it avoids sounding too condescending, which allows the viewer to learn while not turning away.
The film, or rather the voice-over narration for the film, poses several questions, imposed over footage of wildlife going about their normal lives. She eventually addresses the audience as a whole, as the human race, beginning to detail how humanity has changed the world over the course of 200,000 years. She details how one and a half billion people has lived similar to that of 6,000 years prior, along with the negative consequences of this way of living. She cuts off midway through making this point, allowing us to see certain civilisations of people at work or just living in general. By detailing the history of humanity up to this point, the film starts to show how we started to affect the world as we progress.
The tone of the film begins to darken as the advent of fossil fuel usage takes forefront. This is evident through the usage of the music and sound effects, which become slightly more daunting. The imagery eventually moves onto cities and machinery, showcasing how the world has advanced. I take this part of the film as a show of how we have begun to negatively affect the world. The different and increasing advances in technology across the world and negative effects from said advances paint a foreboding picture of what is still yet to come.
The biggest lesson learned from late on in the film is the damage caused by
endless climate changes. The narration becomes much bleaker, with the narrator also sounding more like she is pleading for us to make a change before it is too late. By this point, the imagery also focuses on bleaker subjects, such as heavy gases engulfing an environment where people appear to be at work, or settlements less economically inclined suffering from overpopulation issues. Combined with the narration, the film showcases the suffering of not just the people, but the animals and even the entire planet.
The end of the film, however, returns to one of optimism. The narrator recounts how she has discovered how different countries have found ways to improve the situation and how many different peoples have come together to change the world for the better. This part of the film gives me a sense of hope.
I feel that the film reaches out to me to show that, while overall we have started to really corrupt the world, we can change the world for the better again, particularly if we start to come together. While the film does have an overall pessimistic tone, there still is a faint sense of hope and optimism. We will have to work hard in order to change the world for the better, and fixing the damage we have caused is more than likely impossible, if not incredibly unlikely. But I personally think there are ways we can find to atone for the damage done, and this feeling is accentuated by the final part of the film.
By Luke Whittington