1. Did you like it?
2. Why/Why not?
Michael Moore paints a picture of a very dark side of the global financial crisis, where the poor and the working class are trodden on by big business and government. It’s a pretty predictable narrative, but its content still shocks. Moore splices in clips from advertising and classic cinema to help tell his story, which is at times useful to his storytelling, but I sometimes found it a distraction from the importance of what he was saying. He was certainly using this tool at times to ridicule the establishment/rich/powerful/etc, but sometimes it just weakened his statements, not allowing his arguments to have their full weight.
His comedic approach is at times poignant, ludicrous the rest of the time – for example standing outside one of the big banks with a pillowcase marked with a dollar sign telling the security guards he came to get America’s money back. I suppose that’s what makes Michael Moore Michale Moore. But what he does a great job of is cutting through the spin and speaking to the everyday people who were most profoundly affected by the GFC, this was Capitalism: A Love Story at its most compelling.
3. You would enjoy this film if…
You pretty much need to be a Michael Moore fan or quasi-fan. In many ways, his persuasive techniques are designed to be preaching to the choir. It seems unlikely this would convince an non-believer.
4. This film made me think…
That I’d like to explore this subject more.
5. Stars out of five?