Thursday, 1 July 2010

[354] Capitalism: A Love Story Review

You know, I like Michael Moore. Sometimes. I think that Roger & Me is a very strong piece of work, and Sicko has its heart in the right place. This is not the case with Capitalism: A Love Story, sadly. Maybe I've been listening to too much This American Life, and watching too many genuinely good journalistic documentaries. Moore just can't compete.

Let's forget for a minute that Capitalism: A Love Story is being distributed by Paramount and sold on shelves for £19.99 RRP - a fact that effectively dulls its criticism of "the system". This is Michael Moore at his most provocative extreme, right from the kick off. A staid archive clip warns the viewer that the film contains scenes 'which under no circumstances should be viewed by anyone with a heart condition, or anyone who is easily upset', before shifting into a raucous opening titles sequence, backed by Iggy Pop tearing through Louie Louie as shards of bank robberies flicker across the screen.

Despite being the world's most famous example of one, Michael Moore is not a documentary filmmaker. He makes subjective essay films filled with manipulation and emotional zeal, twisting facts to serve his will to shock and incite, as opposed to illuminate or inform. At his best, this creates punchy one-man adventures, such as his humble-yet-cheeky debut feature,
Roger & Me.

As he has grown older, plumper, richer and more recognisable, his schtick has become more obvious and less pointful - resulting in Capitalism's baggy, indulgent overview of the American Dream and the consumerism and exploitation at its core

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