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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.
Before watching a Michael Moore's documentary one needs to know a few things:
1- They're watching a Michael Moore's documentary.
2- They need to remind themselves they're watching a Michael Moore's documentary whenever they feel manipulated into thinking differently from their own personal opinions.
3- They can change their opinions, but they must know their watching a documentary about Michael Moore's personal views on the addressed issue.
Here's the thing with Michael Moore, he is a terrific documentary filmmaker, but the particularity with his films is that they are always HIS films. It's about his opinion on the subject matter and conveying that opinion successfully, which he manages to do so. But the viewers of his films shouldn't be naive…
The point of a documentary is to present a point of view backed-up by facts. To criticize a documentary for being "one-sided" just because it doesn't try to pander to the same mantra of neutrality that the national news is married to would be to ask the documentarian to forsake the nature of his field in favor of the emptiness of a supposed all-encompassing shared blame. This film is an example of the documentary at its most explosive and its most expositional, and in fact condemns the actions of the Bush administration along with the Democrats in office for not standing against him.
Every time Michael Moore asks me yet another rhetorical question, it makes me want to choke him like a puppy.
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.
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