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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.
Not quite Bowling for Columbine but nonetheless a great doc.
This and "Sicko" are the Michael Moore movies that demand watching every so often as our political and social situations progress--or stay the same.
i honestly don't understand when the criticism of a documentary is that it's "one sided" when the facts have been proved true...the one side is the condemnation and the other the justification & tbh I don't care to listen to the second one
lowkey the equivalent of fox news for liberals but i don't care i love this shit (because im so liberal)
This is my first experience of Michael Moore and I found it to be a great,thought provoking and eye opening viewing experience. Fahrenheit 9/11 follows the Bush Administration and covers every angle,including how much vacation time Bush spent and his involvement with the Bin Laden family around the time of the terror attack. What Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9/11 offers is a lot of hard to take facts about the system Bush and the terror attacks. Moore digs deep into Bush's background in the military, his life before the presidency and the blatant hidden agenda for the war in Iraq. I'm not going to pretend I know a lot about this subject because I definitely do not, but Fahrenheit offers…
Controversial and biased? Yes. But either way it makes for enthralling viewing.
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