Written, Produced, & Directed by: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore, David Hogg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Frames out of 5
By: Shari K. Green
This is a frightening but very important film to see. As impactful as it is, it’s arguably Michael Moore’s best. As hard as the issues are Moore manages, in his own unique and masterful way, to make you laugh even when you’re aghast. The man who goes all out to uncover corruption for all to see has this time gone after the highest office in all the land. He brings with him not only experience but also brings to light the anxiety of the American people. True worry about losing the rights we all have but wouldn’t think in a million years we’d have to voice our fear of losing. We’re promised their well taken care of by The Constitution, right? We have faith and certainly hope that when a president takes his oath of office, he’ll fight for those rights and oppose all enemies both foreign and domestic. This film exposes the problems with having faith and hope and the issues that stem from not paying close attention to politics. As stated, what goes on in Washington concerns us all and since our elected officials speak for us, we should keep close tabs on what’s going on. Unfortunately, far too many of us haven’t.
If you have been watching politics before and since Trump got into the White House, which is hard to avoid since every news station covers it continually, and you aren’t happy with it, you’ll pretty well know a lot about what the film covers. However, you’ll also be astonished and to put it bluntly, sickened, viewing how Moore has packaged it all together for you. No matter what side of the aisle your political views lean, he manages to reveal what both sides have done and where they need to improve if the nation is ever going to be able to come together and heal. No one wants to hear that they’re wrong but it’s time we’re open to. Watching this could help people agree to do just that. For our children’s sake, we need to meet in the middle somewhere, agree to disagree and settle our differences. Want it or not, with Trump in office, we could lose our Democracy. This is a point that Moore makes very clear by splicing what’s going on in America today in relation to what Germany went through when Hitler took power in Germany. America is headed toward an Authoritarian regime and I don’t think anyone wants that but they’re not paying attention. With voiceover and historic information about Germany at the time the Nazi party took over, Moore exposes that Trump’s, like Hitler’s, best interests lie not with the people but with himself. It’s scary to see what America fell for.
I won’t go down the list of everything Moore brought up but instead say that, whether you like Trump or not, you should give this your time. Maybe you, as many are, will see that it’s time to get involved to try and change your country so nothing like this will ever happen again. You’ll be outraged but to get mad at the man who’s exposing it all for you isn’t where to direct your frustrations. That anger needs to be turned toward the subjects of the film.
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