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21 Ratings

The Emperor's New Clothes

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom, 2015


A look at the growing disparity between different economic classes.

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The Emperor's New Clothes Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Brand wants to serve a purpose similar to the various cameos in The Big Short: The concepts are technical and complicated, so here’s a famous face with some pop culture cachet to keep our attention. And as in The Big Short, the effect isn’t consistent. Sometimes the celebrity factor engages us, sometimes it’s just a distraction. But at least it’s better than the empty platitudes from politicians that the film regularly cuts away to (and has marvelous fun with during the end credits).
December 20, 2015
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Winterbottom films the encounters from multiple angles, ensuring audiences have access to Brand’s purported defiance, but really the bloke is just parading around, using his celebrity to partially ingratiate himself with the staff, and confirming the worst stereotypes about wealthy activists who, at all times, make certain they’re the center of attention.
December 14, 2015
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There’s a staleness to these staged and slightly pointless confrontations, which have already been done, and done better, by the likes of Nick Broomfield and Michael Moore. Brand is on much more convincing form when mingling with the victims of corporate greed – the exhausted, minimum wage, zero-hours cleaners and shift workers who despair of ever scrabbling their way out of the poverty trap.
June 05, 2015

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