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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.
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.
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…
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The first half was really great. I fell asleep in the second half.
I already hated Bush and knew most of this stuff but it reminded me that I need to be angry more often.
Revisited this for The Film Experience thefilmexperience.net/blog/2016/5/17/doc-corner-revisiting-fahrenheit-911-and-its-cannes-influenc.html
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not to sound all 4biddnknowledge but bush did 9/11
It really loses steam in the second half, when it shifts its focus to Iraq. More 9/11 conspiracy theory and Bush-bashing stuff would've been welcome.
What this lacks in basic features of a well constructed argument (ie including the alternative argument then tearing it down piece by illogical piece) it has in at least being well made, engaging, and just being a weird weird reminder of how different the world under Obama feels like in the media than what happened under Bush.
Granted, I grew up with Obama as the first president I really paid attention to, so I can't speak much to what Bush world was like beyond hazy memories and inarticulate middle school debates. But still, the vibe. That which I remember rings throughout this, beyond Moore's particular style of documentary. And it's a world of difference from where things are today. Just interesting to look back on, ya know?
I think we're getting towards the point where kids born after 9/11 are about to pass Seconary School and become independent thinkers and adults. That's an entire generation born after something that has shaped so much of our world, meaning 9/11 is now moving away from being topical and becoming a genuine historical moment in time. That means Michael Moore's infamously popular documentary tackling the reaction to 9/11 has become less politically motivated and now a historical document, how does it fare up?
Obviously, being Moore, it's entirely one sided, and clearly against Bush, with a few very bitter moments have Moore's narration pitch rhetorical questions to the audience as if he was spitting acid at the faces of the…
Eye opening and mind expanding, Fahrenheit is another shocking and revealing work by Moore, that will make your jaw drop in sheer frustration and disbelief. It does however, reach levels of drama and selective editing, to the point where it feels almost like a youtube drama roast. Of course, I completely agree with everything Moore is saying, I just wished he had found the time to interview or discuss some of the opposite side, even if what they say is complete hypocrisy.
The documentary has such a tragic emotional and human aspect to it, that unfortunately felt slightly underused. But when the film took the time to explore it, the whole thing became so heart-breaking and infuriating, I genuinely felt…
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