Rated R - Running Time: 2:02 - Released 6/30/04
This review is presented in two parts: Part 1 is what I wrote after seeing Michael Moores Palme dOr-winning documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11, and Part 2 came after I did some investigation into Moores methods in compiling and presenting his material.
First, Part 1:
Everyone, and I mean every voting-age American, needs to see
Fahrenheit 9/11. I dont care whether you like Michael
Moore or not, whether you like George W. Bush or not, whether
you support the war in Iraq, whether youre a Republican,
a Democrat, a soldier, a student, a business executive, a housewife,
rich or poor, black or white, religious or notit is of paramount
importance that this generation take charge of the upcoming election
by learning as much as possible about our president and his policies.
If you think Michael Moore spins the facts, thats okayyou
can decide what you believe is true in this film or what is staged.
But you need to see it to know what youre talking
about. You need to hear what is said by your president
and his colleagues, by the soldiers, the senators, and the Iraqi
people, and the everyday citizens in the U.S., to become aware
of our countrys present place in the world view and how
we got there. They all have something to say, and what they say
is important and eye-opening, regardless of Moores editing,
his namby-pamby narration, or his clever musical selections.
Let me make it simple: IT IS THE CIVIC DUTY OF EVERY ADULT
AMERICAN TO SEE THIS FILM.
And now, Part 2:
After doing a little research, I have discovered that Moores
movie is indeed filled with slightly skewed evidence,
misleading factual information, and not-fully-honest interpretations
of events. According to a website which goes through the film
chronologically listing numerous well-researched deceits
propagated by Moore in the film (many of which amount to factual
nit-picking, but some of which do change ones opinion somewhat),
I am forced to the conclusion that my original reaction was, perhaps,
a little less than objective. It is unfortunate that Moore feels
its necessary to practice minor deception on us stupid
Americans in order to make his points. But I still stand
by everything I said in Part 1. I still feel it is important that
everyone see this film so that we may then discuss its relevance
or lack thereof. There are certainly plenty of unaltered quotes
and interviews which expose the true character of Bush and his
administration. All you have to do is listen to the man talk to
see what I mean. At any rate, we all need to see the movie
in order to talk about it.
Incidentally, for those who despise Moore and his methods,
dont worry: Theres a counter-documentary in the works
called Michael Moore Hates America, due out in August.
If it comes within reach, Ill be interested in seeing it
too, and will do my best to review it objectively.
There. Is that fair and balanced enough? ****