Review: Capitalism – A Love Story

The usual Michael Moore schtick – timely information, heart-felt personal stories, delivered in an entertaining approach, and Moore’s huge ego.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be horrified, you’ll still be tired of Michael Moore.

After becoming the most successful documentarian of all time through films like Roger & Me (1989), Bowling for Columbine (2002) and Sicko (2007), the “voice of the everyman” (if the everyman was worth a couple million dollars) tackles the horrors of capitalism, the U.S. economy and the road to its current ruin.

THE SETUP:
Capitalism is bad.  Democracy is good.  What the hell happened?  That’s pretty much it.  Citing since the Reagan era, the U.S. economy has embraced capitalism as the new religion.   Through visits with poorly paid airline pilots, families being evicted from their foreclosed homes, and “delinquents” jailed for cash, Michael Moore gives us a picture of how decisions made by the rich and powerful keep them happy and the rest of the 99% poor.

Stretching about two hours, Moore tries to start a revolt within his audience by laying out what’s wrong, how we got there, and what we need to do to change things.  Unfortunately the people that go to Michael Moore movies tend to pump their fists at the screen…until the credits finish rolling and they go home.

THE THOUGHTS:
Are you going to like this movie?  Well, that depends.  Have you liked any of Michael Moore’s movies?  You say yes, then you’ll like this.  “Capitalism” is as much a vehicle for his ego as it is about telling the story.  But, his story is pretty good.  Though he talks to you through a voice over like you’re 3 years old and too dumb to understand what the grownups are talking about, he does hit all the right notes – sad families in sad situations and the “evil” men that put them there.  This time around, it’s more about inciting riots and rebellion than going for the laughter (the previous “hahaha, oh how our health care/gun control/government suck”).

I really enjoyed the movie’s message but found my mind wandering a few times.  It’s hard to be completely engrossed when it’s about our neighbours and not our backyard.

CAPITALISM – A LOVE STORY Rating:
3 stars – good movie, take a friend.  As a Canadian, it’s probably an easier film to watch but it doesn’t make it any less shocking.  An important movie that would only be made better if Michael Moore didn’t narrate or star in it.

Randomly Recommended
Taxi to the Dark Side – Keeping in the theme of shocking docs, this was recommended to me by two completely random people in a short period of time.  WOW.  This documentary about torture practices in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay by U.S. interrogators will freak you the hell out.  Corruption, complicity, water boarding and death.  I think I went on a date like that once.  WATCH IT!

Glengarry Glen Ross – So you want a movie about capitalism?  I know a few people that just can’t like this movie.  I ask them to try again.  The cast is unbelievable – Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, and Jack Lemmon.  Come. ON!  With one of the best monologues from Baldwin in any movie, check out this story of cutthroat salesman and remember to Always Be Closing.  Sorry, had to.

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  1. I’m guessing that you don’t like Michael Moore. I find it interesting that Capitalism has allowed for a overweight, unattractive man with a abrasive sense of humour to become it’s most successful documentary film maker.

    Well, somebody has to go up against the likes of Rush Limbaugh (and he’s not a exactly a supermodel either).

    And somebody has to get these messages out, so I’ll forgive him his trespasses.

  2. I like the focus and journalism of Michael Moore. The actual guy? Not a huge fan. Rush isn’t a supermodel?! I’ve got a picture of him in a 2 piece that says different.

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