The famed documentarian tackles the issue of America’s unique obsession with firearms. A film about the fearful heart and soul of the country and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi.
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It's easy to dislike Moore's style, argumentation, editing, approach, agenda. Even easier to love it. He is engaged, passionate, political. And honest, it seems to me. Being political, always more commited to making his point than to being unbiased, like a journalist would, he's still intelectually honest. This is a serious attempt to look at a very complicated problem. One that takes human lives. Every single day.
Sure: it should be noted that Michael Moore’s style in some parts of this movie is highly populistic. But he shows that he can handle a large scale of means of composition - including satire and irony. There are some really extraordinary and rhetorical brilliant sequences, e.g. the montage to Beethoven’s Ninth (around 48’) or the sequence about military inventions of the U.S. to „What a wonderful world“ (around 25’).
I would like this movie more if it weren't for the morally despicable sequence where Moore takes advantage of Charleton Heston's mental condition in order to publicly humiliate him. Deplorable filmmaking.
It’s surprising that a film made over a decade ago can be so deadly relevant to today. Mass shootings, political lies, corruption in the news, fear mongering, racial profiling, a culture and history of violence. This could have come out now and been just as reflective of the state of the society we live in. It’s amazing that this movie was made with the humor, truth, conviction, and sheer balls that it was made with.
Much has been unfairly criticized about Moore's style -biased, populist, manipulative. The film shows a clear stand & suggests a number of factors to the intelligent viewer that may contribute to explain (idiosyncrasies, mass hysteria, lobbying). However it is acceptable to have an opinion if intellectually honest & being engaged emotionally to some degree. Moore eagerly suggests a powerful topic worth debating about