Review: Capitalism: A Love Story (TIFF)
Plot: In Michael Moores latest documentary, he takes on corporate culture, and the way its seeped into the fabric of American life, leading to the current financial crisis.
Review: I have some issues with Michael Moore. For the most part, I agree with him politically- but I find his tactics questionable. His ambush interview of Charlton Heston- who turned out to be suffering from Alzheimers, in BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE was revolting, and his rosy idealization of Canadian Medicare in SICKO did nothing to endear him to me (as a Canadian, I assure you- our system is not perfect, although I firmly believe EVERY country should have free access to health care).
CAPITALISM is another example of Moores tendency to grandstand. He paints himself as a champion of the oppressed, and certain parts of the film, such as his heavy handed discussion with playwright Wallace Shawn about the evils of capitalism, infuriated me. Its all well and good that Shawn and Moore feel for the common man, but they come across as a pair of ivory tower intellectuals- and I doubt either Moore or Shawn have gone hungry lately, and their intellectual discourse should have been left on the cutting room floor.
Moore also makes bizarre use of a heavy handed religious subtext, with him claiming that capitalism in an affront to God. Wow! I had no idea Moore was so religious- funny this has never come up in any of his other films.
Still, like his other films, I more or less agree with Moores arguments, as the economy truly has been ravaged by insane corporate spending- who seem to have their hands in everyones pockets these days, from politicians, to prison wardens, etc. One segment of the film, dealing with Wal-Marts shady practice of insuring their employees for millions of dollars without notifying the families, so the corporation can pull in a big payday if the employee dies, is sickening, and Ill never shop at Wal-Mart again after seeing this.
Most effective is some old newsreel footage Moore has uncovered of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, calling for massive reforms to health care, and the economy shortly before his death. This footage hit me like a sucker punch, and truly convinced me that the world would be a much better place if more of his kind ended up in power, as opposed to tools like Ronald Reagan, or the Bush Boys.
Overall, this is a solid, thought provoking effort from Moore, albeit one that still suffers from concessions to his obviously huge ego. Still, I definitely recommend checking it out- as the man knows how to make a point.
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