I previously made a post with regards to the movie No Impact Man. At first, I wasn’t so critical about the movie. But then I got to class on Thursday and realized I had to revise my post.
At first I watched the movie alone and didn’t think Colin Beavan wasn’t so much of a kook. But then I watched the second half of the film in class and I just thought, “wow why didn’t think like this before?” I guess at first I thought his ideas were great; I mean, they were really, really extreme but if they could be modified, they could probably have a REAL impact in society. His IDEAS at least.
But then I realized a few things. First, the name of the project discredited two major parts of his project: his family. The title “No Impact Man”, implies that Colin is the only one participating in the project, while his family continues their everyday life, even though, he clearly forced his poor wife (now ex-wife) and daughter into this HIS project with him.Which brings me to my second point, the treatment of his wife. This poor woman gave up her quadruple espresso lattes to realize her selfish husband’s no emission project. She was on board with his dream, she even used the “pot in a pot” refrigeration method, because he asked for it, but he couldn’t help her realize her dream of having another child. As a matter of fact, whenever she brought up the topic of a second child, Colin coldly rejected the idea, with no explanations. To viewers like me, it almost seemed as if he could care less of about what his wife thought about any of what they were doing, ridiculous or not.
Even though Colin Beavan isn’t the nicest guy, he did have some really good ideas about living emission free. Some of them are really impractical but there are some that people can possibly use. Though, if Colin wasn’t as a selfish man, people would probably believe more in his ideas more. People would probably want to join and do their part to help the Earth. But if he hadn’t portrayed himself in such a way that turned people off, or treated his wife better, and actually showed viewers that he cares about the opinions of other people and doesn’t only care about himself, maybe, just MAYBE, people would want to follow him and the no impact project.
For me personally, its impossible to follow someone,if they show that they don’t care about the opinions of other people. If they didn’t value my opinion, why should I follow them? I command his wife for standing by his side the whole time, even though they divorced later on.
By Jenny Charles-Santos