Fahrenheit 9/11 is a very entertaining film, and even more entertaining than Bowling for Columbine and Roger & Me, due to the fact that the topic is something that affects all of our lives. The USA is a world power, so many Canadians follow American politics because many of the decisions made at the White House affect Canada and many other sovereign countries throughout world.
Michael Moore employs his regular movie making tactics by taking his opinion on a subject, and presenting partial and full interviews with various people and releasing statistics that help to sway the movie viewer into having the same opinion by affecting their emotions and only showing them one side of the story.
It would be impossible to release a movie to give the viewer a fully balanced perspective, because there simply isn’t enough time in a movie to do this. He has taken his views on George W. Bush, and used different methods to make the viewer believe that George W. is a complete idiot and an evil person. In Bowling for Columbine, Moore took partial clips from speeches from Charlton Heston and displayed them out of context to the viewer to convey him as an evil cowboy. Such tactics were also used with George W. in Fahrenheit.
The White House has charged that the movie is “outrageously false”. Michael Moore put it exceptionally well in his description of the credibility of his movie: “Do not let anyone say this or that isn’t true. If they say that, they are lying. Let them know that the OPINIONS in the film are mine, and anyone certainly has a right to disagree with them. And the questions I pose in the movie, based on these irrefutable facts, are also mine. And I have a right to ask them. And I will continue to ask them until they are answered.”
I think it’s great the someone like Michael Moore has the power to reach a huge audience to expose President Bush’s depravities in the office, and if Moore’s film helps to get Bush outvoted in the next election, then I’ll be a happy person, and I think the people of the United States of America will be better off. Every time a bomb is dropped on Iraq, a new Bin Laden is potentially created and even though the world could potentially be stable short-term, in 20 or 30 years, the Iraqi kid who lost his whole family will grow up and have a certain hatred for the country that invaded his homeland. The problem with fighting a war with terrorists is that they could be located anywhere blended in with the rest of the public, they are extremely patient with their planned attacks, and they are always willing to call off the operation if everything isn’t as planned.
Go see the film and take it as an entertaining Hollywood film, but make sure to get a balanced perspective on all the political matters, because it’s hard to find a balanced perspective if you’re watching a biased movie or watching a biased American Television network.