Before the Flood (Documentary Review)


Startling would be the one word I would use to describe this documentary. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant, Inception, Titanic) in his newly appointed role of ambassador of climate change by the UN, and with executive producer Martin Scorsese, this is an unusual project for the two but is an impressive and moving documentary all the same. Though DiCaprio is self-admittedly out of his depth and does not know much about climate change he is doing his best, is very enthusiastic, and is happy to use his name to promote a good cause. I had no idea the extent of climate change and how badly it will go if we do not take action to prevent it until I watched this and it has effected me (petty though it seems) on a daily basis, just thinking about lights, gas, and everything I do. I would strongly recommend it even if you do not usually like documentaries or are not interested in climate change or science. I would usually have a section here called ‘plot’ though due to the fact that documentaries do not have much of a plot I will do away with that section. As an overview of what happens, Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world interviewing climate change scientists, people involved in changing the course of global warming, and people with power (such as Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and George Bush).


The main problems with this are that we never see the views of non-climate-change supporters and believers and that DiCaprio doesn’t really know what he is doing.


Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Enjoyment: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟


1) It was released in full for free on YouTube at

2) DiCaprio filmed ‘The Revenant’ at the same time as the documentary

3) The only reason Scorcese signed on to executive-produce this is after persuasion from DiCaprio




Liked this? Check out my reviews of ‘Will and Grace‘ or ‘V for Vendetta’!


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