Bowling for Columbine Reviews
Marilyn Manson: "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".
Bowling for Columbine is a documentary about the gun Violence in America is shown as Michael Moore looks for causes and answers from some of America's top opponents of gun control.
Bowling For Columbine is one of best documentary's I've seen in a while. It's both unique and interesting with it's powerful look on gun violence in america and the Columbine shooting back in 1999. All this is shown in different type of tones, you got a brilliant sense of humor, a strong statement and the truth.
Michael Moore to me is 50/50, I know a lot of people don't like him and not a lot of people do like him. Yeah sometimes he can come off as jerk when it comes to interviews and some of the topics that he focus on, but I got to admit he sometimes comes up with some clever ideas to support he's statement and proving he's point to everyone, even when some may not agree. I don't hate the guy as these much more people out there that are even worse (like Katie Hopkins. If you don't know who she is look her up, she's a horrible human being). Moore is trying to get he's worries out about the fact that you can walk up to a counter of a gun shop and say "Can I have a gun please", and they give it to you and that person may shoot others if it falls into the wrong hands, and I can understand him right there even when Moore can take it to another level of forcing it in people faces which makes him look like a jerk to some.
The documentary jumps around to different places and people by hearing their thoughts on the gun problem and the Columbine Massacre. All opinions are mixed and this documentary is like a time capsule of what the people and the whole controversy bullsh*t that was happening back then was like. I always love those kind of documentary's that show you a bit of the past and everybody's thoughts back then, it's just so interesting.
The ending scene with Michael Moore interviewing Charlton Heston was both brilliant and it was hard to look away it was that strong. People may not like that scene has Moore is forcing the message down his throat, but I sawed something else then that, I sawed Moore trying to something right even when it might not be the thing but at least he's trying to prove he's own point.
Now for the problems: My only little problem with the documentary and it's only a ant size problem and that's when they talk about the Columbine High School Massacre and they talk about what may cause Eric and Dylan (The shooters of the massacre) to start shooting by on that day. They brought up that it might be violence on TV, violence in movies and games and they even brought up bowling as one, but they didn't bring up bullying and to those who didn't know, Eric and Dylan was bullied really bad and they were out cast of the school as nobody really cared for them, maybe that's why they did it, for revenge. The documentary didn't bring that up and I was wondering why they didn't put that in.
Overall Bowling for Columbine is a Documentary that's worth recommending and worth seeing.
validity after several years have
passed? Depends on the "Actual
Events" depicted on the film. For
2002's Bowling for Columbine,
time hasn't passed that much.
The nation has a new President
and now we can be hopeful of the
new things to come.
But back when the film was released
the United States were in turnmoil,
the war was recently starting and the
nation was beggining to see the
cracks of the Bush administration.
The media filled the citizens with fear
and every major city was expecting
terror attacks; no one felt safe.
Who can feel safe in a nation that gets
over 11,000 people dead by homicide?
This is what this documentary is about.
Bowling for Columbine tries to answer the
question, Why are so many killed in the
U.S.A. each year by hand guns? Why gun
control laws aren't more strict? Michael
Moore asks the questions that were planted
on everyone's mind at the time. Why the
goverment wasn't doing anything for this
"epidemic". They weren't doing anything
because it was in their best interest to
keep selling hand guns and hand gun
Though the film never gets to answer
these questions, it gets you to ask more.
The only question it gets me answered
it is that yes, while we're seeing
repercusions of Bush's 8 year hellish
administration and the nation has a
new and more promising president a
documentary film (and particularly this
documentary) can still preserve it's validity
after years have passed.
The documentary is truly entertaning,
insightful and at times sad. That's why
it won an Academy Award and countless
Moore's personal passion for the subject shows through and adds to the earnest authenticity of the film.
While pacing was an issue and the name may be misleading, the point isn't: these sort of questions don't necessarily need to be answered, but they certainly need to be asked.
Particularly impressive sequences include Moore's trip to Windsor, Ontario where citizens don't lock their doors at night and his personal interview with the leader of the NRA.
This film packs an emotional wallop at times while steering away from pandering or appealing to pathos.
Rather, the facts and stories are presented for the viewer to interpret, the way a good documentary should.