Finally got around to watching Farenheit 9/11 on Friday night. Michael Moore isn’t everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ (I was a little irritated by his style in Stupid White Men, for example) but he actually maintains quite a low profile in this film, leaving the limelight to the main character, President George W. Bush. It is a ‘must see’ movie although I did find the whole thing rather distressing. I watched it in a Dublin movie theatre and, needless to say, there was a very sympathetic audience (complete with a ripple of applause at the end!) The more important question, of course, will be how the film will be received in the US.
I went to see the movie on Friday night at a Greens party premier. I thought that the film was cleverly executed. It was extremely biased but most of the media is. What is fact or fiction depends on the author.
As an optimist I hope that many questions will be raised in peoples minds about more intellectually stimulating content and away from reality t.v. which I find perturbing.
From a macro and micro perspective, there were many disturbing aspects of the film. What in particular did you find distressing?
The grief of mothers (Iraqi and US); the psychological effect war has on young men (killing machines to the sound of music); and the fact the demographic signing up to join the armed forces (coming back in body bags) are often the very same as that of the disenfranchised voters in 2000. I could go on …
Jesus, Jeremy – what’s with the spam comments?