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Movie Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 4 months ago

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Written Sept. 23, 2009

When one hears the name Michael Moore the feeling which sets from within can either be good or bad. America generally tends to have a love/hate relationship with this man, however; whatever the feeling, controversial or not, the man has a tendency of really unleashing topics of which leaves us scratching our heads. They’re not meant for the purpose of having the audience fall under his “socialistic spell,” but more in the sense of opening a box of information that not all everyday citizens are privileged to. As a filmmaker his obtaining of information and research can surpass ours due to his celebrity power, but in this day and age, we need people like him and should feel some kind of comfort knowing that we do. Whether on the “Right, Left or Center” we tend to have our ring-leaders of controversy and I think with Moore’s new film “Capitalism: A love story,” he’ll set a bar so high up, it’ll leave a pretty interesting feeling in your system and for sure have your brain twirling as you make your way out of the theater.

What I find interesting about him is that sure he’s not “Nostradamus” or some strange fortune teller with some kind of caldron or crystal-ball, but with his history of films, his messages and exposures have had links towards contemporary times and credits his method to his madness. From outsourcing (Roger and Me) to chaotic gun violence (Bowling for Columbine) to quagmire wars for gain and blame (Fahrenheit 9/11) to our most current vile of events with our healthcare system (Sicko)… no matter how you cut it, these are real life events that have been presented in his films and there’s no way to beg to differ when, yes, we did invade Iraq under false pretenses, China and India have profited very well over millions of our jobs and someone like myself couldn’t see a doctor a while back because I didn’t have a piece of plastic which had a logo of approval in order to pay someone somewhere down the line, so “fu*k you, we don’t care if you go blind or not!” was their implication. This has millions of Americans fused up to a boiling point and for sure some kind of uprising is needed. The uprising kind of feeling becomes very clear with “Capitalism…” as this man dives into a world of corporate greed, denial and no remorse for anything or anyone. It most definitely questions the morality of others..,

What exactly is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Years ago, that love seemed so innocent. Today, however, the American dream is looking more like a nightmare as families pay the price with their jobs, homes, and savings. Michael Moore takes us into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned inside out; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal, and 14,000 jobs being lost every day and the affects of which still remain to this date.

It’s by far one of the most emotionally driven documentaries I’ve seen to date. I will not spoil anything for anyone, but just the first 30 minutes of the film sets a pace that embellishes a side of our country that displays the actual act of strength versus weakness. From that moment on his connections from one scene to the next expresses the amount of work and dissection that went into putting this film together, and like the start of the film, the last 30 minutes or so also presses a nerve when bringing forward a critical comparison.It’s just so amazing how men in three pieces have changed the history of this nation and sailed it into a sunset of personal benefit.

Like insurance companies with “Sicko” or the automobile industry with “Roger and Me,” this one will most defiantly press buttons among the financial industries and its pit for play ground known as the New York Stock Exchange. I can’t really say anything other than this is another masterful approach by Michael to set upon what our nation chooses to ignore. Or not ignore as the catastrophes within the film have been exposed by news organizations around the world, however; keep in mind that media plays what I call (Mind)nipulation(s) and exposes what’s filtered.

Whether a fan or not, I urge s/he with an open mind to view this film without any form of cringe or hatred or even euphoria as its not supposed present any of the above, but more on a level of like… “Hey, I live in this country and perhaps things being presented can (or will) affect me at some point down the line.” America is by far the greatest country in the entire world and I’ll be the first to say “love it or leave it,” however; as our citizens of a great nation which allows freedom of expression, there’s absolutely nothing wrong exposing bolts that need to be tightened. It’s like living and working around our families or friends where there’s a shared environment and coming across situations of which are causing a bit of disarray and needs attention and adjustment to try to reach the ideal “happily ever after” feeling.

“Capitalism: A love story” doesn’t lean towards any playing field and is NOT in the promotion of neither Capitalism or Socialism, because individuals that represent both sides of the fence open up to a lot in this film while interviewed, therefore, it’s more of a ride towards what happens when the test of man’s nature goes a bit out of control. It’s open, aggressive, detailed and drives all sort of emotions so I declare it a must see. This “leftist pig” sure has rattled a cage with this one and I’m sure the ripple effect will be felt.



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