Really thought provoking. A good topic to do a documentary on and the approach taken is quite interesting. Often thought controversial but then, it's hard to respect the soft approach.
Covering the Columbine High School Massacre and the idea of gun control, Moore's certainly done his homework. He explores the assumptions, the opinions, the conceptions people have about the whole incident, about guns and handlers of guns. Adding to the footage he shot, he's used news pieces, random shots of people with guns, an animated piece (nicely done, one of my favorite parts of the film) and even some stand up from Chris Rock, offering one of the wisest pieces of advice ever spoken in the history of the world (the idea that bullets should cost $5000 so that there would be no innocent bystanders).
Moore's approach to the subject is really what draws me to his works. We all see him differently, but I see him as someone who is just seeking the truth. Someone's told him something he can't be done, he wants to know "Why?" He challenges what should be challenged, for those who need someone to help win their battles. His tone of voice remains consistent, not one of bullying or taunting but of calm, matter-of-fact nature (which actually leads to one of the most underrated moments of the film, his opening narration. He lists off a regular morning for many citizens with one of those events being the bombing of another country ordered by the president).
Perhaps in a show of fairness, he does state that he was good with a gun as a teen and won an award for marksmanship. To me, it's his way of saying he's not coming down on the NRA or guns in general.
In contrast, he shows us what it's like in Canada, which has similar gun ownership levels. But things look more lax there, with people not locking their doors.
A lot of issues get covered here, from American moral panics to the stereotyping of the "scary black guy".
Blame being leveled at things like violent movies, Marilyn Manson and the media. All this finger pointing but no action being taken. Michael Moore captures all this along with some great interviews and it left me a lot to think about. Marilyn Manson offers one of the most powerful quotes of the movie, in response to Michael Moore's question asking what would he say to the kids of Columbine: "I wouldn't say a single word to them; I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did."