Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) - Movie Marathon Drive-Thru Review: Film #9

On the Menu:
Ingredients: Michael Moore and Wallace Shawn. Directed by Michael Moore. Run time: 127 minutes. Rated: R.

At First Bite: I've enjoyed all of Michael Moore's movies, especially BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SICKO. Of course, with all the talk of President Obama and his "agenda of socialism," this movie came along at the right time to try and point out what is really wrong with capitalism.

Tough to Swallow: I like Moore's movies more when he exposes things than when he walks around trying to get into buildings. I know he's a showman, but I'd prefer if he just stuck to the facts and sad stories.

Something to Chew On: This film and ROGER & ME are Moore's only films to be distributed by someone other than a Weinstein studio.

The FDR footage was thought to be lost, but was found by one of Moore's researchers in a South Carolina library in 2008.

Aftertaste: Dead peasant insurance? Holy crap, how can that be real?! Unbelievable. This section is one of the best parts of the movie. Another is the addition of the FDR footage, which makes you really wonder what would have happened had he lived a little longer.

There are other moments that are hard to believe as well, e.g., the town that makes money off of putting kids in a juvenile home.

Democracy in the workplace is a wonderful idea. Kudos, Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing Co-op in Wisconsin.

I think if any other director made Moore's films, then more people would watch them and maybe the world would be a better place. He makes good points, but he's too polarizing of a figure for his movies to affect everyone.

I don't think this is his best, but it's still one to watch.

Here's hoping he keeps churning them out.


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