“My name is Greta Thunberg and I want you to panic…”
Powerful words that resonate in my mind as so many of hers do. More than a documentary, I Am Greta is a warning against inaction that just so happens to be wrapped in a passionate, brave, and wise teenage package.
The best thing about this doc by filmmaker Nathan Grossman is that it grants us front row seats into the extraordinary life of Greta, a teen climate justice activist who, in 2018, served as the spark that ignited the movement of a generation. The problem? The younger generations aren’t the ones who need to hear the message. It’s the previous ones who are in power and are, therefore, the ones who can enact change before it’s too late… and time is running out but her pleas are, sadly, falling on deaf ears.
I have to say that as much as I have been looking forward to this film it isn’t the documentary of the year. Maily because it doesn’t take the opportunity to interview opinionated people about Greta and the movement she began. We spend almost the entire time getting an idea of Greta by Greta and her father. I would have loved to see influential people speaking about her and about the infectiousness of her activism. Good and bad. This also would have helped get us through some of the quieter moments of the film that made the film feel too long within its 97 minute runtime. That being said, she is a fascinating person and what she is doing is important. She’s a bold and brave young woman who, as she would say, does not care about being liked, she only cares about doing what’s right, which is why she calls out powerful people who are much older than she TO THEIR FACE!
Honestly, if you haven’t seen a Greta Thunberg speech before watch this. You won’t regret it! If you have seen them, watch this! And if you are completely ignorant TO or become triggered BY things like “climate justice” or “environmental activist” then you DEFINITELY need to watch this… and maybe some nature documentaries. But this first.
Stream I am Greta now on Hulu.