The Big One (1998)
Documentarian, social satirist Michael Moore is up to his old tricks again. This time the guerilla filmmaker takes on the immorality and greed of corporate America and the ruthless tendency to downsize and exploit Third World labor.
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Critic Reviews for The Big One
when he's retelling his experiences in front of an audience his sense of timing is impeccable and he is quite funny
The good news is Moore knows he's ridiculous, and he kind of makes fun of it.
This movie changed my life. It made me realize people have real problems, can't provide for their families and feed their kids. Any worries I have are nothing.
[Moore is] a great presence, capable of whipping a crowd into a frenzy with cool ease.
The rich are different and right now they're busy widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots with a vengeance.
Michael Moore has a special sense of people and images and how one voice over can make another image resonate especially strongly.
Moore is clever when it comes to baiting executives who seem puzzled or oblivious to his concerns.
If there's a serious flaw... it lies in Moore's tendency to mistake self-glamorization for credibility. Much more so than in 'Roger and Me,' he's the star of the show here, and don't think he doesn't know it.
Audience Reviews for The Big One
The politics of filmmaker Michael Moore are very in your face, brash and uninvited. Still, his almost ridiculous obnoxious mannerisms and quirks usually make for a great watch, his grandstanding on public property and plights to meet with big business leaders legendary. His points are usually valid, his demeanor that of a figure with sound mind and researched facts, but I think we can all agree that he chops around what is true to make his documentaries. Instead of the usual narration, statistics, and actual message to bring to the American people, he lets us look at the behind the scenes action on his book tour, crossing America in a haphazard manner. You would think it would be a standard tour, just bringing out the actions of the book, but oh no, that isn't quite dramatic enough for Michael Moore's tastes. Instead he takes on every downsizing corporation in the towns he travels to, including my native capitol, Madison, Wisconsin. The reason I'm perturbed by this film over his other documentaries, is the laissez faire approach, the unknowing to where he's going next, what he's trying to get across, and who is responsible. He has a target, but for every argument he makes against something in his documentaries, there's hardly ever any suggestions to fix it. Here he wants corporations to stop moving jobs overseas, so the alternative is pretty simple. He even meets with unionized bookstores along the way. I enjoyed the comedic aspects, the belaboring care for the people he meets, and the protests of what is moral in this country. It just wasn't a part of the grandiose masterpieces I am used to.More
From the 1997 Toronto Film Festival. As much as I dislike Michael Moore, I have to admit this film produced by him is pretty good. Shows How Corporate America, is here for one thing and that?s to line there pockets with poor and middle class folks money. Movie jobs to Mexico and South America and US Prisons. Why did you leave out India Michael, have you ever had a computer that needed customer service, oh no that?s right you've gotten rich by writing books and making movies that also deface America. Ok I am off my Soap Box. Buy before I step down, Michael why don't you come to Ft Benning Georgia for a tour some day. 3 Stars. A rental Only I doubt that you will watch it more then once or Lend it put.More
In retrospect, one of Michael Moore's weaker efforts. I liked mainly because I wanted to see something from Moore other than Roger and Me...but the best was yet to come.More
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