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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.
When a director or actor becomes a nuisance to you with their public personality, it is hard to separate the two when it comes to watching their work without prejudice. Michael Moore done himself no favours by showing off a huge ego outside of his documentaries, eventually splitting an audience that started out very much on his side. Fahrenheit 9/11 sits very much in that camp, a confusing mixture of passion, ego and manipulation.
George W Bush is an easy target but not an unfair one, a President who led thousands of men to their deaths for unsubstantiated reasons. He was never viewed as the brightest of men and this is the film that crystallises…
Nothing more than sanctimonious pandering to the American paranoia of the time. Bowling for Columbine might have had a very strong and obvious propaganda agenda, but at least it kept a coherent thesis throughout. It was truthful in a very unsettling way because it didn't claim to understand exactly why the Western world was turning as it was. Fahrenheit 9/11 is just pure, uncompromising and condescending propaganda. Absolutely no notion of objectivity to be found here.
It's just not a good documentary and assures us that Moore's ego has only become more inflated since his last (incredible) outing.
Michael Moore is a hard guy to love. But anyone who takes the piss out of George W Bush, questions his military record, his leadership in a crisis, and his overall intelligence, deserves credit for stating the fucking obvious.
The first half of Fahrenheit 9/11 is horrid documentary filmmaking. Moore scrambles through news footage and home videos, piling on one out-of-context clip after another, attempting to play his audience like an organ just as one of his interviewees accuses Bush of doing, punctuating each major "revelation" with an increasingly irritating "But what was REALLY going on here?" I wasn't having it.
Once Moore pulls back and lets veterans, politicians, and dead soldiers' families speak for themselves, the film gains a lot of points for me.
While it's fair to say that this film has a one-sided narrative, you can't deny the amount of infuriating facts from recent history. This film raises some serious discussions and is emotionally compelling. This is as good as documentaries get.
Box office $222.5 million
To anyone who truly understands what it means to be an American, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 should be seen as a triumph of patriotic freedom. Rarely has the First Amendment been exercised with such fervor and forthrightness of purpose: After subjecting himself to charges of factual errors in his gun-lobby exposé Bowling for Columbine, Moore armed himself with a platoon of reputable fact-checkers, an abundance of indisputable film and video footage, and his own ironically comedic sense of righteous indignation, with the singular intention of toppling the war-ravaged administration of President George W. Bush. It's the Bush presidency that Moore, with his provocative array of facts and figures, blames for corporate corruption, senseless death, unnecessary war,…
Fine political documentary,
5.0/5.0 = Masterpiece
Impeccably edited and structured with such confidence that it eases its way into your system. I remember trying to watch FAHRENHEIT 9/11 back in 2004, but as a wee child in the fourth grade I was still far too young to make left and right of Moore's provocative piece. This is a brilliant work of art: an ode to those who have died fighting the proverbial war on terror, and a demonization of the very administration that allowed for this to happen. But what shocked me most was how telling Moore's portrait of the Middle East is when compared to footage we see today. Although little changed in terms of our use of violence, everything has changed…
I watched this on Region A DVD.
I've seen this film twice but can never remember what happens in the final act. I saw it once in high school and again in College, both times it really did shock me but everytime I finished it and waited a few weeks I'd always forget the end to the film. I was watching the great comedic spectacle of what is know as The Republican Convention and after Michael Moore was talking about it on Bill Maher. Moore has always Intrested me for how outspoken he is about America when so many would see it as treason of sorts.
Fahrenheit 9/11 is a documentary about the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11th…
It is not with hindsight that we can say that the war in Iraq was wrong and that lies were told by Bush and Blair about Weapons of Mass Destruction which didn't exist and Iraq's links with terrorism which didn't exist. People knew it at the time.
And yet it was allowed to happen and no doubt it would be allowed to happen again.
We are older but no wiser, politicians are able to manipulate the voters with such ease that it simply fills you with despair.
They know that they can spin their tales and tell their lies and that by the time the lies unravel the damage has been done and they just shrug their shoulders, tell us…
What an oppressive movie. So teribble to watch. And George W. Bush was surely one of the worst presidents in the history of the United States of America.
Not saying that I disagree with the ideas presented in this documentary. I think it is general knowledge, and Michael Moore showed it various times in this documentary, that George W. Bush was a terrible president. It showed us also how ignorant and morons some americans are.
Still, I did not like the fact that this documentary was so one-sided, not showing as a balanced view of the facts, only Moore's view of them. It was also too speculative, with way too many assumptions and conspiracy theories for my taste. I also felt like it was way too exploiting of some of the people featured in the documentary.
Hopefully, it may enlight some americans as to what might happen if Trump is elected president...
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