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Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Even though I tend to follow those Letterboxd subscribers that have high review/watch ratios, only three out of my 37 friends who logged ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ actually wrote down their thoughts on it. This fact is telling, I think, about how ambiguous it is to compile an opinion on Michael Moore’s documentaries and especially this one. Is it extremely manipulative in its narrative? Yes of course. But does that make the chain of arguments have an impact and trigger critical thinking as well? I bet you it does. ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ does not merely touch upon the Bush administration and its position towards the Iraq war, it effectively burns it and its spokesperson to the ground. Moreover, whereas most of his other documentaries seem to get stuck in endless bash modes, here he appears more focused, firing his attacks with precision and actual back-up (be it an exaggerated kind, echoed by strategically edited video material).
Despite the massive amounts of controversy spawned by and arguments of inaccuracies directed at this film, it's nonetheless a remarkable motion picture. Even setting aside its scathing indictment of corruption and ignorance in the Bush administration, Fahrenheit 9/11 is a powerful, focused, and very well-made piece of film. Not only does it deal heavily in the aforementioned (and very important) mistakes of the American government, it becomes a damning statement on poverty and war itself; there's some very emotional stuff in here, and it's clear Moore has a measurable amount of respect for these people. It never truly derides into vitriol but, instead, pinpoints factual evidence and interviews to support its ripping views.
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Is it well made? Yes.
Does it convince you? Yes.
Are its points true? Yes
Does it even acknowledge an opposing side? No. That's my biggest problem with this as a film. It can spit out all of the blame it wants and needs to on the Bush Administration, but without any political view from the other side, it seems incredibly single-sided. But at the same time, if it were to explain the other side of the argument on the War on Terror, the laziness of the President, the rigged election, Fahrenheit wouldn't have the same effect it does.
So I'm left at a standstill.
On a political and emotional level, this is easily an "A" (4 stars)
But on a documentary film making level, it is hard to really say because it's completely unbiased as Fox News would say.
Possibly the most pissy documentary you could make about such a serious subject. Moore balances investigative accusations with cheap shots and cutaway gags, which both undermines the film's ability to be truly powerful, and strengthens its ability to reach a wide audience.
Michael Moore may be a self aware documentarian who likes to insert himself into the spotlight but that does not detract from the importance of what he has to say and show in his films.
One of the most powerful documentaries I've ever seen. This and Dirty Wars would make a hell of a Fourth of July double feature.
Good job Michael!
A pretty good documentary by Michael Moore but you can tell where there were some choice cut-ups by him and some of the points are a bit off.
I like Michael Moore's way and all his "mise-en-scène". Saying that, Fahrenheit 9/11 is a great documentary about what led the United States to Iraq War.
His interviews goes from funny to corny and the film loses momentum with the story of a woman who lost her son at war.
The soundtrack perfectly matches what you see on the screen, with songs like Vacation and "Shiny Happy People" playing during some of Mr. Bush's appearances and "Rocking in the Free World" closing the documentary.
Fahrenheit 9/11 won the Cannes Palme d'Or and would probably win the Oscar for best documentary of 2004, but Michael Moore was too ambitious and decided to put it on the race for best picture, instead of documentary.
I do not have time to explain myself, but it does not age well, I assume.
A different dull but saisyfing take on 9/11
'Not knowing what to do, with no one telling him what to do, and with no secret service rushing in to take him to safety, Mr. Bush just sat there, and continued to read "My Pet Goat" with the children.'
Michael Moore's films never seem the most balanced, and for the most part that's because they aren't, but it would be foolish to dismiss them for that. Fahrenheit 9/11 is heavily anti-Bush, but that doesn't mean that the whole thing is worthless. Indeed, it is a perfect example of manipulating evidence, in the same way that the Bush administration profited from manipulation, and it invites the audience to make their own links. Moore presents bits and pieces about 9/11, Saudi…
I deeply sympathize with the politics, and it's undeniably well made, but yes, there are problems with it. I've only seen three of Moore's pictures (Bowling for Columbine and Roger & Me are the others), but this is the one where his tone started to bother me.
Part of my Palme D'Or Winners of the 2000's project and the other one, along with The Pianist, which I had seen before. This one doesn't hold up as well. Some good footage in the second half, particularly as it focuses on the Iraq War, but the snide, sarcastic tone and overly manipulative music didn't do as much for me with all of this time past.
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