Capitalism: A Love Story
Capitalism: A Love Story – Movie Review
On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece Roger & Me, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take film goers into uncharted territory. With both humor and outrage, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story explores a taboo question: What 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, their homes and their savings. Moore takes us into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; 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. Capitalism: A Love Story is both a culmination of Moore’s previous works and a look into what a more hopeful future could look like. It is Michael Moore’s ultimate quest to answer the question he’s posed throughout his illustrious filmmaking career: Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do?
CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY is, indeed, vintage Michael Moore. So if you love Michael Moore you’re probably going to be at least amused, if you hate Michael Moore you’re probably going to be outraged. As far as I’m concerned, vintage Michael Moore means a number of things but mostly, in my opion, it means rather manipulative film making. It means taking legitimate points and points that have no validity and mushing them together to make a point, and this is the smarmiest of his voice overs of any of the films. I really thought Roger and Me was manipulative. I thought Sicko was very good and I thought Fahrenheit 9/11 was terrific. This falls much close to Roger and Me than it does either Sicko or Fahrenheit 9/11. He’s got a legitimate point but he mixes it up with things that make no sense whatsoever. At the end, he goes quite over the top. So is it amusing? Yeah. Is it thought provoking? Definitely. Is it great film making? Probably not. But given the fact there’s so little that makes you think these days, you know what, I’m going to give it three and a half stars, I know I’m only supposed to give it three or four stars, but this is a three and a half.