No Impact Man
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it pays off though! schein manages to salvage the film with interesting, intimate shots. you walk away realizing "nobody's perfect", that we are all struggling with ourselves, our ideals, our way of living.
the film gets blasted for not being THE eco-primer on sustainable living. well, it ain't. and the truth is, it's a better film for it.
you wanna learn how to recycle, be green? there's tons of info out there, find it.
seeing a man, his family struggle with their conscious, that's a way more interesting story.
I would have liked to see:
- Background on his project plan and how he drafted it
- How he researched and why he chose the methods he chose
- Real answers behind addressing toilet paper, dirty diapers, etc. and I'm not asking this out of perverse fascination. I'm asking it out of sincere interest on how to live without these things.
- I loved Mayer, the gardener's, humor and wisdom
- I enjoyed seeing their solution to laundry
- I liked the information around cleaning products but wanted more info on how to do this myself
- It was nice to see a child be part of this project. I have one and a little one on the way; so it's nice to know it's "doable" with babies
- Didn't care about his numerous talks with national tv shows or his soapbox moments; the point seemed to be overblown
- Because there was so much lack of information and supporting facts he came off as extremely amateur and somewhat ignorant. I can see why some reviewers were annoyed
- His defensiveness around people wanting to know HOW he got by without toilet paper, etc.
My comments about other reviews:
- I feel the criticism behind the question," was he really low impact?" to be essentially irrelevant. That title, "Low impact man" is for publicity. This film is really about simplifying a lifestyle and doing what you can to reduce eco impact.
- Some people were confused by his choice to go vegetarian.Read more ›
1)Doesn't seem have much respect for his wife.
2)Comes off as a self-indulgent attention whore, who then resents it when attention goes to something he did for no other reason but the attention- ie, not using toilet paper.
3)To segue off of that, he won't use toilet paper, yet his wife works for Business Week, and he takes on this endeavor in order to publish both a paperback and hardback book. Which, you guessed it, consumed significantly more trees than simply using toilet paper in the first place would have.
Also, I'm not quite sure what going vegetarian for a year has to do with eating locally or sustainably, seeing as how locally, humanely raised livestock that fit organic guidelines would've fit their diet just as much as his plan to eat only local, organically grown vegetables.
What saves it from being a one-star film is that, in his own misguided way, he did advocate some things that would legitimately help if people continued to do it, such as supporting your local farmers and producers, riding bikes if one's healthy enough to do so, and limiting our waste; unfortunately, the positives came with a good portion of BS that had to be endured to get there by a man more worried about how many people would think he was awesome than the cause itself, and it's also nothing groundbreaking.
And that little quip about farming not being hard? Charming. That's truly endearing to anyone who's actually done more than twist a garden weasel into the ground to plant parsley where someone else already did the work.Read more ›
First, he's extremely annoying to listen to and watch. This, however, does not affect my rating of the movie, because it's a docu and he is the guy who did the crazy project.
As many have written, it should really be titled something other than No Impact Man (especially the book, and it's over-emphasis on the "Man"), because he dragged his family into it with him. If anything, at the end of the film, his wife looks much better than at the start and, if I may, becomes rather like-able; he, however, has thoroughly declined, plagued by bags under the eyes and seemingly depressed. Perhaps it was the stress he put himself through, trying as hard as he might to figure out every possible spin he could put on his story? In any case, I'm sure that most of the rave reviews are from people who associate with the wife, who is definitely the more human of the two or perhaps the child. Beavan, on the other hand, is thoroughly embroiled in a plot to get as much attention as he possibly can through a media-grabbing stunt. Why no toilet paper? 'Cause that'll make people talk! There are some who are convinced that this isn't a stunt. Their conviction is probably based on the whining episodes in the film, in which he exposes how much it hurts him that anyone would think that would do this just for a story. If you were planning to turn off your electricity, and you wanted a way to refrigerate things, wouldn't you try an evaporative-cooling setup before you put all your trust in it? Wouldn't you find out if there is a specific type of pot that works the best?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was both an intimate story of a marriage and an interesting look at the issues.Published 2 months ago by Vertov
It's a good movie with a good message I suppose, but a little too far out., like they took it to the most extreme place. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really love this movie! A lot of the stuff he did in this doc...I do myself. Minus the no electricity... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Holland
Well done and REAL. Not trying to kid anyone, what they are trying to do is hard. The point is that you try, and you work at it, and you find the things that you can do to make a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by BC
An interesting concept poorly executed. Beavan is self-absorbed. This is a documenary that purports to offfer lessons in living with low environmental impact, but after watching it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Priscilla
I have respect for a man like Colin Beavan who dared to follow his dream. Michelle deserved credit for believing in him and supporting this project. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Minh