Capitalism: A Love Story
Through his usual frantic editing style, inserting clips of old TV shows and movies throughout to emphasize his point, Moore has essentially made a elongated lesson of what Capitalism is. He's always informative, smartly presenting his dispute in a way that can be easily digested by the masses; that doesn't always make him right, and the often violent shoving of said argument, coupled with Moore's undeniable smugness has been known to grate many. But he believes he's fighting the good fight, standing up for the underprivileged, forgotten members of society who feel they need a voice. On the evidence of this, despite how you may feel about him personally, he appears to be doing just that.
There are certainly cheap shots galore; Moore really goes after Ronald Reagan, cutting from a sombre, honest addressing of the American public from his predecessor Jimmy Carter, to comical clips of Regan's old movies. He makes his point, but he does so with the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the crotch. Also, completely blaming Reagan for the onslaught of Capitalism in the early 80s will find its opposition; bold claims, but ones we've certainly come to expect from the thorn in the side of corporate America.
As a piece of enlightening entertainment this works extremely well. But when Moore is in front of the camera it feels more like a personal crusade, albeit a noble one, that bangs of self-indulgence. The symbolic wrapping of Wall Street in crime scene tape is evidence of this, as his obligatory final reel stunt once again comes off as gimmicky. Some fine work done, it's just sometimes undermined by grandiose overtly symbolic gestures of its director and, unnecessary, star.
Story by Mike Sheridan | 09:00 | Saturday 22nd May 2010 | DVD review
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