The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In and it is Documentary Films.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
*(I know the deadline past already, but if wanna submit something get it me by the end of the day on 30 Dec)
Try to think out of the box!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Documentary Films.…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Dec 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Michael Moore investigates how the political system works and what is needed to try and fix the system.
My Take on it – Even though I try hard to keep my personal politics off of this site, I have always enjoyed watching Michael Moore’s documentaries.
This is largely due to the fact that even though he is very straightforward about his own political views, he is a great film maker who knows how to use the medium of film to express himself and get his opinion across very articulately.
This film is another fun addition to his resume because it works quite well the whole way through.
Unfortunately, one of his biggest flaws is trying to keep things balanced and in this film, he fails in that aspect.
If the point of this film is to condemn the political system for allowing certain people to win over the years, then he should be trying to bring enough examples from both sides of the aisle to show what kind of problem it truly is.
I give him lots of credit for pointing out flaws on the Left, yet he too often points them out and then moves along without lingering too long on them.
As always, he gives us some great interviews with prominent people who are great speakers who help get his thesis across to us.
Anyone expecting to see some of his fun antics will not be disappointed, because he definitely delivers numerous times throughout this film while trying to prove certain aspects of how the political system is corrupt and how important these issues are for the future of America.
He may go a bit too far some of time but still gets his point across quite well.
Bottom Line – Another fun Moore documentary that works quite well. Unfortunately, he doesn’t manage to keep things as balanced as this kind of film needs. He gets a lot of credit for making connections between all politicians and not just the ones on the Right, but even after he brings forth comments about the left he doesn’t follow through enough to ultimately prove that the problem is with the system as a whole and not just on one side of the political spectrum. As always, he interviews some great personalities that are very articulate and help get the point of his thesis across. Moore also is always unafraid to pull some antics along the way and they work well to show how important these issues truly are for the future of America even if he goes a bit too far numerous times along the way. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film’s title relies on U.S. date notation to refer to November 9, when Trump’s 2016 presidential win was announced (the election took place the day prior). The title simultaneously serves as a callback to Moore’s 2004 political documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which refers to the date of the September 11 attacks in the United States. Both of Moore’s documentary titles are an allusion to the 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close, but Moore misses something along the way that would make this even more enjoyable.
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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