Where are we, as Americans? Where are we going as a country? And is it where we want to go, or where we think we have to go? In his new film, Moore shifts his focus to the current state of the nation from a very different perspective: that is, from the outside looking in.
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Oh, Michael Moore—his comic-political pep-talks are essentially unrateable as art. Moore is right to point out that the line "America has the best system in the world" is a phony bill of goods sold to a fucked-over nation, but I can't tell if his one-sided nature does more harm than benefit. He doesn't allow for reasoned intellectual policy debate. Then again, since when has American politics placed much value in it?
I hadn't realized how much I missed Moore in his 6 year absence. Moore puts aside partisan politics this time around and instead casts a much bigger net in examining how America lost in its so-called American Dream has become a nightmare for so many of its common citizens instead. He examines how his country compares to various European ones (and Tunisia!) and finds his lacking in so many basic necessities. cntd..
An ironic attempt to demonstrate the power of rhetoric. Indeed. Very much a movie of rhetoric. As usual, Mr Moore has the distinction of delivering his message in an easily digestible way to as broad an audience as possible. Although his politics are kinda elementary and imprecise, he is a populist addressing a population, and though he is widely despised, he is also popular. He probably actually changes minds.
Moore just comes across as a rude American pretending to ignorantly come across European social programs and planting his USA flag everywhere. Though he obviously finds it a funny premise, many of those he interviews clearly don't. His sarcasm is low-brow and outright annoying. You can see how the French children couldn't stand him. Plus, the man is just difficult on the eyes...