I found Fahrenheit 11/9 to be a great disappointment if im honest.
I rate all of Michael Moore's films as being incredibly good, and thought provoking so i expected a lot - For me Sicko was probably his best (highly recommend it) - Bowling, F9/11 and Capitalism a love story were also FANTASTIC - and Where to invade next, was also superb - so i expected the usual high standard from this one
VERY poor in my mind
"Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements" - thats the IMDB description
"Fahrenheit 11/9 is a 2018 American political documentary by filmmaker Michael Moore about the 2016 United States presidential election and presidency of Donald Trump." - from Wikipedia
What did we get?
Glossed over at best - 'Russia Did it; (spends the rest of the film avoiding this topic, and this from the man who began F9/11 with that sickening and tear jerking Gore/Bush Florida Episode, as an opening salvo -
Didnt address the question of why people would vote for Trump - didnt properly speak to voters, or address the horrifically poor Clinton Campaign and her 'Basket of Deplorables' statement- accusations of Trump being a misogynist, and highlighting his odd attitude to his daughter, is old and too obvious at this stage - if he had followed the same pattern in bowling for columbine, said film would have been a back and forth of 'NRA are terrible' and 2nd Amendment supporters are mad - its a few weeks since i watched but there is a segment when he is speaking to a grass roots supporter with some serious views on American politics - i kept screaming at the TV - ASK HIM WHO HE VOTED FOR AND WHY
- nope - just chatted -
Flint Water Crisis
- yea covered that very well, especially the ineptitude of Obama's response- beautifully done for a film about the flint water crisis, which of course this wasnt supposed to be?
Generally comparing Trump to Hitler, its just way over the top - yes there are some parallels, but the strong segment in the film was, in my view, OTT -
What i expected of this film was:
- A frank discussion on how trump won - russia collusion, and appealling to the darker segments of American society, including far right and white supremacists (Which John Oliver covered beautifully btw)
- A proper discussion on WHY he won - why so many Americans voted for him - ridiculous attitude of Clinton and the Democrats - and their arrogance in thinking 'sure clinton will do, if this is who she is against' - sidelining Bernie was covered briefly but THIS deserved more - a discussion of populism maybe, and why 'Building a wall' gained such support, to the shock of the rest of the world
- Interviews with Trump Voters and a proper analysis of 'how the US got here, and how they get back'
What we got was an inconsistent, meandering train wreck - a collage of unoriginal anti trump news segments - and an endorsement for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and just how amazing she is
NOTE - i will try and pin down the section where i was screaming at the TV about him not asking who the guy voted for - anyway, i would be very interested to see what others have to say, i expect im possibly in a minority on this, but will enjoy a chat