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Monday, September 21, 2009

Capitalism: A Love Story

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: How and why capitalism rose to power in America, and how and why it has caused the demise of democracy in the USA.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: 1% rich people, 99% poor people, and of course, Michael Moore-- a member of a group so rare that there is no longer a place for them in the pie chart of American demographics: the middle class.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! Vive la Revolution!

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: You know it will. Michael Moore is wacky.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Will it ever. I don't know about you, but not a lot makes me cry harder than blatant injustices done to hard working people, by those who have way more than what they need.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: If Moore has his way, this film will cause an uprising amongst the peasants-- that's us, it turns out (you'll see). If his uprising succeeds, the film will one up the awards system by going down in history as a major catalyst, in what hereafter will be known as the American Civil Revolution. (I made the term up, and yes, you can quote me on that.)

Q: How is the Acting?

A: There are a lot of down and out people who've worked hard their whole lives, just to get pooped on by the banks that their tax dollars bailed out. They are both heartbreaking and inspirational. But the star of the film for me was Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, who showed true signs of being in government because she actually cares about the people. I'm currently considering moving to Ohio just so I can vote for her... Hey, I got an idea: Marcy Kaptur for president! (You heard it here first.)

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Michael Moore does 2 things really well in this film. 1) He uses clips of pre-existing footage in inventive ways to do everything from parallel our society with that of Ancient Rome to demonstrating how we got brainwashed, back in the 1950s, into thinking that Capitalism was the same thing as Democracy. It's not. 2) He leaves most of the footage of himself on the cutting room floor.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: I was wondering how Moore would tackle a topic so enormous in a 2 hour film, and one technique he uses to deal with that is to make the film more than 2 hours long. That said, he unveils a lot of scary stuff you don't know, inside some of the scary stuff you do know. He weaves the story together in a somewhat arbitrary way at first, but all the pieces come back together by the end. And most importantly, he actually offers solutions and suggestions as to ways we can change and improve our society.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: One small but brilliant thing that Michael Moore does in this piece, is to enlist several men of the cloth to expound upon their beliefs that Capitalism is evil. Greed, it turns out, is not good, because Jesus pretty much said so, which proves it. I love that Moore thought to call dibs on the Christians, because everyone knows that whoever gets the Christians wins the votes. And now they can't rag on him and call him a manipulator of the truth without going against their own priests, bishops and ministers. Ha-ha!

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Farzan said...

I loved Sicko, not sure about this one though.

Monique Elisabeth said...

I loved Sicko, too. If you liked that one, you will also like this one. I learned so much above and beyond the stuff that I'd already thought about. And as always, he delivers the bad news in a funny way.