Welcome to A-Z Movie Reviews. Every Sunday, for the next several months, I will be posting a review of a film in my home movie collection. How it works is, I will be reviewing movies in alphabetical order until I get to the letter Z (Yes, I do have a film that ends in Z). Now I realize there are many ways to alphabetize a film collection but this is mine so don’t judge me. This is simply for fun.
Have you ever watched a film that ended up being more than what you expected? That was how I felt when I watched Chloe & Theo for the first time.
What it’s about:
Chloe, a young homeless New Yorker, becomes friends with Theo, a young Arctic Inuit, during his quest to find the elders of the western world.
I’m going to be honest, when I bought Chloe & Theo it was just because Dakota Johnson is in it and since I’m a fan of hers, I have been collecting her films. I had never watched it or really knew what it was about. Since I’ve had this film, I have only watched it once. It’s not one of those watch whenever type of films. To be frank, it’s a bit of a downer.
On September 5, this film will have been out for five years and the message remains.
Chloe & Theo is a film about Global warming and how we as a nation of consumers are destroying the world we live in. Theo (Theo Ikummaq) comes from Antarctica to the South which happens to be New York City to deliver a message to the “elders” that their home is in danger from global warming. Theo gets help from Chloe (Johnson), a very eccentric homeless teen with an intense love of Bruce Lee, who is wiser than people think. She and her friends embark on a mission to help Theo warn the world of the danger.
At the direction of one of Chloe’s friends Mr. Sweet (Andre De Shields), they realize Theo was sent to New York to talk to the United Nations. Theo attempts to explain to the people at the United Nations why he is there and naturally, they assume he’s crazy and has come to harm the people inside of the UN building. After his failed attempt, he ends up getting help from Monica (Mira Sorvino) a woman that works with the UN and overheard his conversation.
While I liked this film, the way it ends really bothered me. I’m not going to say what happens, all I will say is I was not expecting it at all. I’m not sure why it went the direction it did, but it just took something away from the film and it’s message for me.
I don’t really have much else to say about this film other than it does a good job of making us really think of what our continued over-consumption is doing to the world. As I said earlier, it is just a reminder that not much has changed in the world and we still have not done a lot to figure out how to handle global warming.