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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…
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.
Fahrenheit 9/11, is an astounding exposé & fascinating document on George W. Bush, who is simply beyond language.
Another great documentary from Moore, if a little more hard hitting than the other two of his I have seen. Obviously it's biased (which documentary isn't, really?) but it's not like he doesn't back up his arguments. And there ISN'T really an opposing side... not one that he wouldn't prove unworthy anyway.
Sometimes I felt the sheer amount of detail was almost overwhelming, but it's worth it in the end. Another solid one.
Michael Moore's documentary on the George W. Bush administration.
Michael Moore's gripping-but-grim examination of 9/11 and its after effects on America (the Patriot Act, the war in Iraq, etc.) is basically a feature length middle finger to the Republican Party in general and George W. Bush in particular. Depending on your political leanings, you'll either think this movie is a bunch of biased, left wing anti-American propaganda, or the most horrifyingly truthful film you've ever seen. (I'm going to keep my opinion to myself.) Either way, this flick will cause a reaction.
I mean, it's michael moore, so it's fun and exiting, but you gotta take everything he says with a grain of salt
Powerful and at times manipulative and redundant, but although it might not make everyone completely agree with Moore, it achieves what it set out to do; to raise questions about our government, corruption, and, most importantly, make us question the information portrayed by the media.
I don't really remember what the point of this doc was, but There was a period in my life where I was on the Michael Moore bandwagon.
Young US Soldier in Iraq: "To have this people shoot at us, kill us, blow us up, whatever it means they can. And I don't understand it. We're trying to help this people; and it seems they don't wan't our help, get out of here. With the minute something is wrong with them "Oh why weren't you here? Why didn't you do this?" You know it's ... I hate this country." - actual quote from the film
Whether this is ignorant or too well trained (i.e. indoctrinated). In the end it's just dumb.
My first documentary that I've seen ever, and one I won't forget (for better or worse).
Ok, don't think I am in total agreement with this documentary, because I'm not, but it isn't completely wrong. In fact, all of Moore's facts were true in one way or another, so I can't condem him for this. With this said, it's one-sided the whole way through, and is just shot after shot at the Bush administration with no counter arguments, which are needed in a political documentary like this.
I am neutral in politics. I was raised in a very liberal family, so when I said I was going to watch this, they had no objections, but when I told my conservative…
I agree with Dirk Van Eck on letterboxd; it is hard to get a complete picture on Moore's behavior and movies, but i believe him - there is a movie made 'M.Moore hates America, but even that movie is a a box of questions, and i believed Moore - certainly because he just says that there is fundamentally something wrong with the USA!
I respect the USA for many things they did (2nd W.War) but you can not deny the fact that Bush was a bad president!
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