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, in the goal of exploring the health hazards of eating fast food.
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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.
The main problem here is that there is little effort being put in order to invest this filmed participant observation exercise into a decent cinematic documentary. People's indignation against the McDonaldization of society is not enough to maintain interest and sympathy with Spurlock's self-inflicted ordeal. To be sure, some knoweldge is gained from what is an anthropologically curious fast food business milieu.
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 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.
Not sure what was learned here. I suppose at some level the idea is that you come for the gimmick (see a dude eat McDonald's for a month!) and then stay for the insight. The problem is that I didn't find him to be particularly engrossing and the lessons drawn are already in the title. I think the connection to Michael Moore is that this film, like many of his, follows tangents that don't always add up to much. Blah.