Capitalism: A Love Story – Michael Moore
Another documentary review after the lovely and beautifully crafted American: The Bill Hicks Story, and this one, made by the king of the documentary, the master, the Hollywood standard documentary maker, the one, the only, Michael Mother Fucking Moore. A legend in his own right. Not one documentary maker comes to mind who is on the same level that Moore is on successful and more renowned. With films like Bowling For Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story follows in the footsteps of mixing heart breaking stories, hard hitting truths, funny videos, engaging interviews and intelligent quips made by Moore. It follows the line of being an interesting piece that showcases something wrong with society, in this case, Wall Street in America and the economy as a whole, questioning the government and the connections it has with the companies that seem to the run the society it supplies.
A combination of interviews with people in financial crisis, showing the true affect on the average American person, with personal reveals of Moore’s family and the workforce loss mixed with interviews with experts and stunts, that seem tacky and unexplained, but show that the companies don’t care, and that money rules the land. These little sequences are the weakest thing in the film, but overall, the heart ache of the real people is deafening. It’s very similar to the sequence in Fahrenheit 9/11, the strongest scene i remember in the cinema, fully booked, everybody watching the screen and it felt like forever. Audio of the place crashing, hearing people scream and cry whilst the setting around them exploded. It was moving. I think it was one of the boldest things I’ve ever seen a film do. And the film follows in that same trend.
Overall, the film is wonderful, has a great pace, it sets out who is evil and who is good and just keeps shocking all the way through. Not knowing about this issue before watching the film, i had no idea the extend of the situation and how terrible the crisis is. It informs most of all, and it shows Moore is catering towards a world audience instead of an American one, especially with a large following in the UK, the film feels like it was made for us to understand and to join in the hatred and despair Moore has for America. I would recommend the film if you’re a fan of documentaries, a fan of Michael Moore, a fan of the truth or a fan of decent films.