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Love him or hate him, Capitalism captures Michael Moore in his muckraking element -- with all the Moore-centric showmanship that entails.
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The thesis that rapacious capitalism has horrific social consequences is credible and well illustrated, if hardly eye-opening to European viewers.
Michael Moore has succeeded in getting a film on this subject actually released in cinemas: a very sharp and entertaining one at that.
Moore is always visually playful and subversive, and even when dealing with such serious and depressing topics entertaining; but he's also game enough to examine America's mythology of prosperity.
Moore has long proved himself an excellent editor and comedian, but he always insists on preaching to the like-minded and, thus, can't string together a political film persuasive enough to make a real difference.
Smart-alecky and simplistic? Yeah. And primo Moore.
As a filmmaker creating a product for a marketplace, supported by profit-seeking investors, he obviously has some comfort level with capitalism in the sense of doing business.
Naturally, Moore also uses the film to promote himself and his view on the world. It's his usual shtick, and occasionally it's too much, but there is no hiding from the fact that it's a fun ride.
Capitalism: A Love Story is a fantastic slap-upside-the-head film, just what we need right now.
Inevitably, this is tricked out with Moore's all-too-familiar stunts... all of them subject to the (capitalist?) law of diminishing returns.
The value of "Capitalism, A Love Story" is not in the moviemaking, it's in the message, and the release that it gives to those struggling right now.
Moore evokes Pope Benedict XVI "Caritas in Veritate" and stresses the need that Judeo-Christian ethics, upon which his country was founded, must play a part in the recovery and stability of the financial sector.
A lot of the old Moore is still obvious in Capitalism, his genuine belief in everyone pulling together his feel for a good public stunt but he's lost a little something. The social zeal of his best work has been replaced with a hint of fanaticism.
Michael Moore is more serious than ever before, offering us another very well-edited and thought-out documentary that manages to leave us outraged and indignant just as well over what people and a corrupt system are capable of doing for money.
Michael Moore once again takes on the capitalist establishment and describes how a system that once worked for all was perverted and resulted in the dumbfounding bank bail out scandal of recent years. Personally I think that the citizens of the U.S. in particular need to stop thinking of "socialism" as a dirty word; they have basically been brainwashed by their fat cat overlords into thinking that socialism is the same thing as "totalitarian communism" which is utterly absurd. Watching ordinary working class Joes describing Obama as a "socialist" as if a vote for him was like voting for Chairman Mao is frankly astonishing to anyone outside the American borders. Socialism is a system that works perfectly well within a capitalist framework and is basically just a set of rules organised around social justice and a fairer, more equitable distribution of wealth thus regulating the rich and powerful, preventing them from the wholesale exploitation of the lower classes (ie. the 95% of the rest us!). The current financial climate is frankly unsustainable and its logical conclusion would be the population of the Earth becoming the 1% of billionaires sitting in a nice eco-bubble of their own construction while the rest of the planet and its population rots away to apocalyptic oblivion like a old episode of Star Trek. It's about time the working and middle classes took the power back and realised that a vote for the corporate puppets that are the right wing conservative parties is like volunteering for slavery. Rant over!
A shocking and interesting film by Michael Moore, other terrific vision about a USA problem. Fresh.
I love these type of documentaries. It investigates the cause of the economic crisis in US and how taxpayers have had to bail out the rich corporates. Most shocking news - corporates like Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Proctor and Gamble benefit from the death of employees because of policies they have taken out in them.
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