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Michael Moore should give back his Palm d'Or. If there's one thing I've learned from Moore, it's to grab an audience's attention right from the start... just like I did only seconds ago! In other words, for all ears to lean your way, you've got to have something wildly inflammatory to say. And you know what? Finding that special "something" worthy of pushing an audience's collective buttons is what Michael Moore does best.
Unfortunately, the same can not be said for his documentary filmmaking skills. Ha! I did it again! In the less-enlightened past, Moore's type of work would likely have been labeled "yellow journalism". Today, it's often known simply as "the news". Seriously though, Michael Moore doesn't make documentaries. I suppose a more accurate term to describe his films, including Farhenheit 9/11, would be "politically and ideologically-targeted feature-length expose's". Long story short... Journalism and Documentarianism - R.I.P.
But enough splitting hairs, we've got hanging chads to deal with! Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 takes on the presidency of George W. "Read My Smirk" Bush. George W. Bush did a lot of awful things. He stole the 2000 election away from Al Gore, then hired all of his own buddies to work under him! Not only that, but he's been real cozy with the oil-drilling crowd, both in the USA and in far away places like Saudi Arabia. And he had the sheer audacity to read a book about goats with school children while the nation was under attack by terrorists who were funded by a Saudi Arabian millionaire! But that's not all! Bush is also at the center of a diabolical master plan designed to usher in a "New World Order", whatever the heck that means. All the while, his administration advanced an agenda to help wealthy, white American Protestants become even more wealthy, and pushed for a war against the peace-loving Muslims of Iraq. Worship George W. Bush's God or die!
I left the theatre outraged at George W. Bush. "Commander in Chief"? Please! "Commander the Thief" is more like it! George W. Bush had to go! I didn't even care who took his place. My rallying cry was clear, "Anyone but Bush!" But, then I did something that, in this day and age, may seem a bit strange. I thought about it. I thought about everything Michael Moore actually said in Fahrenheit 9/11, and even more telling, everything he chose not to say. I thought and I questioned and I discovered that, after my initial knee-jerk reaction to Fahrenheit 9/11 had subsided, it was very difficult to find any concrete facts amongst Moore's rage-inducing rhetoric.
In fact, Moore seems to delight in the furor his rantings create. Could it be that the true agenda Michael Moore wishes to advance... is his own? If nothing else, Michael Moore is a clever ringmaster in the increasingly transparent, info-tainment media circus. I give him that. Now then Michael, about giving back that award you stole...
Directed By: Michale Moore
Written By: Michael Moore
Starring: Michale Moore, George W. Bush
MPAA: Rated R for some violent and disturbing images, and for language.
Kerry / Edwards 2004
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What if Michael Moore was a Republican? Scary, eh?