Tuesday, October 05, 2004

BBC NEWS | DVD review: Fahrenheit 9/11

BBC NEWS | DVD review: Fahrenheit 9/11: "In cinemas, Fahrenheit 9/11 broke records and arguably became more of a force in US politics than any previous documentary film.

Now, it comes to a wider audience on DVD, during the last weeks before the 2004 US Presidential election.
While the release date comes as no surprise, what is unexpected is just how irritating the film can be.

Fahrenheit 9/11 undoubtedly makes good points and highlights interesting facts, but film-maker Michael Moore is the one reason why it may never have quite the impact it perhaps should have.

Moore delivers a sing-song narration full of simplistic language such as 'I guess you know where this is heading...', 'I don't know about you, but...' and 'Who's your daddy?'

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With Michael Moore narrating almost every moment of the film, an audio commentary was never going to be very likely.

It has been done before, though, so as confusing as a director talking over his own narration can be, it's a shame Moore didn't try it here: it would be interesting to hear him explain why he chose the footage or the effects or the interviewees that he did.

Instead, the overall effect of the extras is that they are back-slapping: some directly praise Moore and others show more people agreeing with him.

By William Gallagher
BBC News Online


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