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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.
One of my favorite quotes from the…
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.
brings up some good points
still too opinionated
moore's most polished film
Part of a red state/blue state double feature with American Sniper.
Yes, Moore's tactics in this film are questionable, you could cut the journalistic bias in its atmosphere with a knife, and though I happened to agree with a fair amount of the views being presented when I first saw the film upon its 2004 release, and I still do, it must be said that the film is very much imperfect.
However, it was the rare movie made entirely of and for its moment, and it's become an indelible part of history. Tarantino made the right call awarding it the Palme d'Or back in 2004. It's an incredibly persuasive piece, Op-Ed cinema at its finest. Moore is perhaps America's most skilled provocateur (Bill O'Reilly's up there too), and he deserves some serious plaudits.
Dir: Michael Moore
I saw this documentary when it was released. By that time it was really leaving behind warm effects on everyone who saw it or heard about it. Maybe because of thumping years I believe. Documentary like Fahrenheit is a must to watch, to learn unheard truths. Fahrenheit 9/11 echoes perception that is almost shared by most of ordinary people throughout the world, all of who depend on news channels/papers. It is remarkable insight on predictive conspiracies about 9/11. I was very much enthralled with this documentary; and I must say Michael Moore is genius filmmaker, he takes on dangerous as well as controversial issues. He done pretty much daring job, when he actually made this sensitive documentary around critical years of global-unrest after 9/11.
there's little artistry to Moore's "me! me!" style but FAHRENHEIT 9/11 is especially odious, where a director's objectification of his subjects mirrors the abuses of the cronies he's lambasting
If this movie was an action thriller à Taken, I think the tagline would be something like: ”Moore's back for more, and this time, it's personal...” because this 2004 documentary taking its start in the 9/11 attack on WTC to then move on to bash George Bush for most of its runtime does feel a bit like Michael Moore's personal vendetta against Mr. Bush. For better or worse, should be noted.
I'm not going to claim any huge knowledge about american politics, but just from what I remember and have gathered here in Sweden, George Bush is certainly not my biggest idol. Still, Moore has packed this movie so full with Bush-critique that it's almost hard to digest it all.…
The Palme d'Or Project
I was slightly nervous when I decided to have Fahrenheit 9/11 as my next film. I had heard many things about it, from both very vocal supporters and detractors of it. I was determined to forget about what those people said, and to focus on what I thought of the film.
After thinking about it, I can say that as filmmaking goes, this is very well-made. It's clear that Moore is very passionate about this subject, so there is never a dull moment. He keeps things going at a steady pace, and never failed to lose my interest. The editing also helps. The way the film is set up is coherent, and I did…
Oh, Michael... I lova ya
Wow, what a gibberish. There are many reasons to condemn this film. I would like to argue against some of the claims proposed in comments below.
MANIPULATION - Yes, it is indeed very manipulative. I do not see documentary "genre" as some kind of objective and pure discipline in which personal agendas and political beliefs have no place, yet it has to have a point, justification for its methods and it should be in same way beneficial for viewers. Enthusiastic interpretation is without doubt in most cases more valuable than tedious "talking heads" boring lecture lessons. However I didn't find here much solid argumentation. It is just a gibberish by Moore; instead of inspiring interpretation of arguments, he just mixes…
Gutsy Michael Moore's most serious documentary, also the one with the strongest subject matter. His angle: The war on terror is really about money, and although not conclusive when the film came out, indications were strong if any small degree of common sense is applied, that the people in government made it happen for profit. In the end one thing is clear. All the deaths caused by this war in Iraq have been unnecessary, dishonouring the soldiers and their families. I happened to agree with his angle, and history has proven his facts and arguments to be correct.
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