Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America (2005)
Director Kelly Duane presents a biographical examination of David Brower, one of America's most accomplished environmentalists and a key figure behind the Sierra Club.
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Critic Reviews for Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America
Kelly Duane's documentary attempts to shed some light on a worthy subject, but does so only fractionally, resulting in a less-than-comprehensive portrait.
You'll be wondering why you're sitting passively in a darkened theater, rather than scaling a cliff or rafting down a river.
By the time the closing credits roll, you'll be ready to run out and hug a tree.
In an age where constructing papier-machť caricatures of world leaders is considered activism, it's revealing to see a documentary where an idealist actually engages government and effects positive change.
Combines home movies and interviews with Brower's children and political opponents to create an intriguing portrait of a man determined to protect nature by any means necessary.
A forceful documentary about the first executive director of the Sierra Club who was also a first-rate environmental crusader.
[A] memorable portrait of one man's immeasurable passion for preservation.
Kelly Duane's mediocre documentary squanders a terrific subject: pioneering conservationist David Brower's transformation of the Sierra Club from a hiker's association to a groundbreaking force in the American environmental movement.
Its rather pedestrian presentation of facts and an overreliance on title cards leaves Monumental feeling inspirational for sure -- but not so earth-shattering.
The film makes a very strong case that Brower was 'the greatest conservationist of the 20th century.'
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