Manufacturing Dissent Reviews
It doesn't take long to begin to dislike Moore through his representation in this film. Regardless of opinion on his actual films he does not come across as a likable person and with plenty of testimonies to back this up you are left doubting his character and in turn his documentaries.
This is of course a one sided film, Moore apparently did not want to do a sit down interview, and the snippets of footage they have in conversation with him illustrate him in a defensive and arrogant way. As they raise the point of not taking Moore's films at face value, so too we should not with this doco. It is interesting, well put together and with a great range of interview subjects the film successfully paints Moore in a negative light and makes the viewer question the power of propaganda in American media today. A good film to get the brain thinking.
Pas besoin de chercher très loin pour comprendre que ce documentaire soi-disant objectif n'est rien d'autre qu'une cible directement pointée sur la tête de Moore lui-même. Si les réalisateurs se disent éclairés et lucides, ils ne tardent pas à se contredire en bombardant le spectateur d'insultes anti-Moore et de témoignages qui ne tiennent pas la route. Entre autre, la première heure se laisse constituer de ''Michael Moore est un menteur!'', témoignages récoltés dans la rue par des détracteurs qui ne le connaissent pas. Toutefois, la dernière demie-heure, bien que dans la même veine, soulève tout de même des points intéressants et, enfin, fournit quelques preuves à l'appui pour appuyer son propos.
Je respecte grandement le travail de Moore, même si je ne respecte pas toujours les manières qu'il utilise pour y parvenir, mais il est intéressant de voir à quel point la globalité de son oeuvre provoque des conservateurs qui n'hésitent pas à entrer dans le même jeu que lui pour tenter de le discréditer.
Toutefois, c'est sans grand succès... Qu'est-ce qui est le plus populaire? Manufacturing Dissent ou Fahrenheit 9/11?
Now... if you were for all points of view than why would you tell someone to leave? And he is good at dodging questions and giving quick, evasive answers and replies. Sure, he's trying to defend his work, but he claims he's staying true to his self and his beliefs, but technically he is a sell-out. He hates corporate America but yet he went to Hollywood to become famous (yes, one of those evil capitalists he rebels against). He claims he's speaking the truth but yet countless films, Internet sources, writers, etc. have proven how fictitious his movies are.
I will give the guy credit for the sole fact that he has a right to his views and to make the movies he wants to make because he is an American and has the right to speak his mind, but if you're trying to be some figurehead whom wants change in America or be a voice for people, you probably should learn to answer your critics, to accept all points of views or be moderate in your approach, and lastly if you're a "against the system"-kind of crusader don't sell out to the system you so humbly rebel against.
Extra bonus irony points for the whole 'Moore is evasive and hard to pin down for an interview' thing - y'know, a bit like Roger Smith in Roger & Me!(who it turns out he DID get to speak to. Probably) What a fortunate juxtaposition! Points deducted for interviewing some guy who is owed $10 by Moore from a magazine piece he wrote in the '80s - looks a bit petty, and totally unnecesary considering the top quality accustaions that could be made against the big fat baseball cap wearing tosser.