Winner of the Directing Prize at Sundance, this investigative documentary follows the director as he goes on a diet of nothing but McDonald’s for a month, in addition to not exercising, to explore the health hazards of eating fast food.
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Sometimes funny, but mostly entertaining, documentary that states the obvious: fast food gets you fat. Spurlock uses himself as a test subject to show the lack of corporate responsibility McDonalds takes on their product. He also uses the modern documentary approach of Michael Moore, but lacks his emotion, probably due to the thin subject, making this doc a good time, yet coming off like the junk food it depicts.
"I know this is, like, supposed to make me feel bad n' stuff about fast food but it's just making me like seeeriously hungry right now. I want a Big Mac yo'" - actual commentary on this film made by a 16 year old girl in my health class.
This has the appeal, even a bit of the humour, of a Michael Moore approach to a documentary. The originality here is that Spurlock uses himself as the subject of the experiment he will use to prove his point. Just like Michael Moore he is so involved with the point that the film is mainly political, not journalistic and not at all scientific (which is not necessary bad). And he's willing to feed himself only MacJunk.
I think this movie achieves its goal in being informative and turning people off of fast food, but it fails at being stimulating in any way. Despite the fact that it is a documentary, film is an artistic medium. And this kind of just played like a textbook. Where the author tries to crack jokes.
You got that right, Gino. Hard to call this a documentary, it was more like one man's obsession. It had its moments but in the end I got pretty much the same feeling I would get from a Big Mac complex.
The success of the fast food industry is a symptom of several much bigger problems, like the fact that not everyone is able to afford "healthy" food, that fewer and fewer people know how to cook healthy meals for themselves, and that many people are just plain ignorant about nutrition. Spurlock wastes so much time stating the obvious that I was left with many questions.