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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.
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.
An explosively sharp, extremely witty and gloriously self aware utilization of the documentary film genre. I mean... wow. It's almost perfect.
But also, ugh. Listen, I'm no big fan of Bush. Or war. When I watch films like Grave of the Fireflies or Apocalypse Now, I'm sickened to the core. Those films expose war for the absolute mindless, dehumanizing brutality that it is. But when a political commentator uses the film medium to preach about the moral ethics of war, I'm conflicted. Film is, I believe, at its fullest and most potent potential when it strives for raw, unfiltered honesty. Not that Fahrenheit 9/11 doesn't feel honest; it just feel waaay too biased for its own good. I wouldn't be…
Michael Moore taking the piss out of George Bush for 122 minutes whats not to love!
Re-watched this in my government class. Still holds up as an incredibly powerful piece of film making and an excellent visual essay on the corruption of the Bush Administration.
This controversial Michael Moore documentary discusses how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragedy of 9/11 to progress its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Fast paced and intriguing, this documentary is very entertaining to watch with some also surprisingly emotional scenes. Moore uses 'arty' techniques to make points about the Bush Administration which proves he is a very talented documentary film maker and knows how to show instead of tell. The place where the film faults however is the fact that it's very one sided. It's fantastically detailed for Michael Moore's opinions, however the opposite side to the argument isn't even considered.
Overall an entertaining and shocking watch for anyone looking for a controversial film, yet doesn't take the other side of the argument into consideration causing it to be biased.
In this film, style certainly outweighs substance. It is biased to the point of being propaganda, so much so that it at times seems to mock its own biased nature. The caricatures painted of President Bush and his staff are so exaggerated that writer-director-producer Michael Moore must be aware that his claims are so hyperbolic. Soundbites are taken out of context in ways that rival the news stations' worst. This being said, Moore also provides some good information and is able to pull heartstrings properly by showing the audience the foolishness of our own beliefs. He uses the people onscreen as scapegoats to make fun of, while all the while the idea lurks that these men are not truly to…
Michael Moore spending two hours talking trash about George W. Bush? I can dig that.
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.
Saw this with a guy who turned out to be a paedophile. I also walked out of my job the day after seeing it.
These two things are not connected.
After completing Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore decided to waive his film's Oscar eligibility and have it released on television. This was just prior to the 2004 presidential election, and Moore hoped that his indictment of the Bush administration's post-9/11 actions would compel voters to keep the then current president from securing a second term. With that in mind, Fahrenheit seems less a piece of filmmaking and more a blunt political and emotional provocation.
Ten years after its release, the film has lost a lot of its immediacy. Bush has been out of office for six years. The Iraq War has come to an end. In fact, just today there have been news reports about possible American re-involvement in Iraq, although…
While this is decidedly less heavy handed than some of Moore's other fare, it also suffers from trying to be way too many things at once. Still though, this is his least poorly conceived work and thus become effect regardless of how deeply one shares in his political message.
Another Debate class watch. Moore is manipulative as hell, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a damn watchable documentary. It also doesn't hurt that I agree with him on almost all counts against the Bush administration.
[2014 Movie challenge: entry #50]
Michael Moore has guts, that one thing you can say for sure after having watch Fahrenheit 9/11. Like the guy or not, there's one thing you can't deny: he really has a knack for pointing out the exact thing that is going wrong with society by showing us the ridicule of it.
In this truly amazing -almost shocking at times (but in a good way)- Moore uses sarcasm and irony in a way no one to my knowledge (but then again, my knowledge about documentary is very thin) as ever done.
I simply HAVE to point out the music here. It fits perfectly, I am amazed.
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