Wednesday, June 23, 2004

National Post: More horror than humour in Michael Moore's documentary indictment of Bush

National Post: "TORONTO (CP) - With his controversial new film Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore, that scruffy-looking, baseball cap-wearing filmmaker from Flint, Mich., has gone from America's court jester to leader of his majesty's loyal opposition.
As he did with gun culture in Bowling for Columbine, Moore again provokes chuckles and gasps while he deftly slips his velvet-covered blade into the gizzard of his target, this time the Bush administration and its handling of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
But while the picture of high-level corruption and stupidity that he paints is scorching, it's likely that Moore will be preaching to the converted when his much-talked-about celluloid screed finally hits North American theatres this week. It's unlikely many Bush-ites will see this film, slap their foreheads and confess that their hearts and minds have been misplaced all along.
As in Bowling For Columbine, clever editing proves damning to his subjects. Not that in many cases they didn't do themselves in. "

John Mckay
Canadian Press


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