Fahrenheit 9/11


Lions Gate/IFC Films presents a documentary directed by Michael Moore. Narrated by Moore. Running time: 110 minutes. Rated R (some violent and disturbing images, and for language).

Propaganda – 1. The systematic propagation of a given doctrine. 2. Ideas, information, or other material disseminated to win people over to a given doctrine.

Documentary – 1. Of or pertaining to documents. 2. Presenting facts objectively in artistic form.

When I think about the word objective I instantly think of utopia. It is extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, for a human being to be objective just as there can be no utopia because utopia is, literally, no place. I think that’s where the “artistic form” is supposed to come into play. When something, such as facts, is shaped and cut together artistically it can become something completely devoid of facts. So, either someone needs to come up with a new definition of documentary or we need to start calling Michael Moore’s movies something else.

The opening of this film brought back to me memories I had pushed into the far recesses of my mind. I’m not one, under normal circumstances, to give a shit about politics. When I start thinking about the system and how it all works I Hulk out into this enormous pessimist. The film opens with the Chad. Not Tom Green’s character from the first Charlie’s Angels film. The film opens with the last presidential election and the crazy goings on down there in the suspicious little state we all call Florida. It seems funny to me now. Florida, fluoridation, our precious bodily fluids, we should have seen the insanity coming. Michael Moore artistically forms this particular piece of propaganda into a conspiracy theory not unlike Oliver Stone’s “JFK.” He presents us with a few facts that we couldn’t possibly have known unless we knew how to read, my politically savvy friend would say. The facts are that President Bush knows and has a professional relationship with the Bin Laden family. What does it mean? It means big business and politics are in bed together. Surprised? No? Good.

This film isn’t all Bush bashing. Michael Moore also centers in on a very patriotic family that has lost a son in the great fight for democracy in Iraq. In the films more emotional scene we see this mother read a letter from her son, in which he slams the president and his decision to be in Iraq. His frustration and dilemma are that of everyone in this country. That’s just what makes this film so damn intriguing. It relates to all Americans. I was surprised by the restraint there was on President Bush, given Moore’s utter disappointment with him. This film, in my opinion, was not made to make us hate Bush, just give us a wider perspective of his family and his professional history. I actually felt bad for George W. when he was told the World Trade Center had been attacked. Moore comments on what he must have been thinking and all I could think of was what the hell would I do given the tragedy. Presidents are not aliens with higher knowledge or super heroes with quick and sound judgment. They are the same people you see every day, humans.

Nobody’s perfect and everyone is corruptible. That isn’t a pleasant thought, but it’s the truth. Until someone comes up with a better system of government, that will keep society running and make rich men richer, we all just have to buck up and bend over cause this shit will propagate itself until the end.

~ by fumikaelson on July 1, 2004.

One Response to “Fahrenheit 9/11”

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