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Capitalism: A Love Story, 2009 – Movie Review. Glasgow Film Festival

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

Director: Michael Moore

Release Date: 26th February 2010

This review by Richard Bodsworth

Over the years Michael Moore has climbed up on to his Tesco Value sized soapbox to share his views on; gun control, terrorism and most recently the US health care system. So it was only a matter of time before he capitalised on the state of the current world economy with, Capitalism: A Love Story.

The financial collapse in 2009 was massive. News outlets lapped it up giving us constant “breaking news” bulletins, promo videos and exposes which looked like they had come from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes stable (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQTWwW5UjEo). But that was over a year ago. While the documentary premiered at the Venice Film Festival film in early September last year, it is only just now reaching UK audiences. Will this kick start a rebellion against the banks? Or is it old news with the public more interested in who will win the X Factor or some other monotonous reality show?

As with his previous efforts, Moore does make some good arguments and presents some startling facts. However one sided they may be, there’s no denying the immense corruption in both banking circles and the government a lot of which is void from our news outlets, you only need to look at this weeks ‘headlines’ to see what they believe is important. The stories of bankrupt families and secret life insurance polices taken out by greedy employers are genuinely upsetting and disturbing. However, Moore likes to drill his point home by covering the same ground over and over in far too similar ways. The use of stock footage, while at times entertaining, becomes an overused technique eventually becoming tedious. His customary finale of trying to get interviews with the people responsible and staging one man protests again falls flat on it’s rotund backside because, well, nothing actually happens.

While attempting to follow the same formula that worked so well for Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore seems to lack enough substantial evidence to sustain the 1hr 45 minutes running time and the last 20 minutes sinks like the Dow Jones. Perhaps an earlier release and a leaner more focused version would have helped.

Rating: **

While presenting some good facts, Moore’s arguments seem more debatable and flawed than usual. And when you struggle to fill the running time? Scream down a microphone at people that don’t really care.

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