About 20 minutes into this movie I kinda thought I would spend a majority of the film rolling my eyes at the cheese and piles of cliches thrown in but believe it or not I was completely won over by it!
The performances are stellar across the board, Spielberg delivers on the gorgeous shots, and the story's brief musical moments are a real highlight. It may not rank in the highest echelon of Spielberg's film library but it's definitely worth people giving it another look.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.