I think it's time for those of us who love this
country and everything it should stand for to reclaim our flag from those
who would use it to crush rights and freedoms, both here at home and overseas. We need to
redefine what it means to be a proud American.
~ Michael Moore
A Walk in the Woods
(I'm still reading at Clinton's book, but I'll just post when/if I finish it rather than keep it on here every day!)
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13 July 2004
Everyone and his brother has weighed in on this movie by now. Im a real Johnny-come-lately. Most of the reviews Ive read in the last few days say that there was nothing surprising in the movie, but that the writer was very glad that s/he had seen it.
Interestingly, the people Ive seen / read / heard who have denounced the movie the loudest are people who proudly admit that they would never see this bunch of lies and distortions. They seem to base their criticism on their impression of Moores past work and on what they imagine the movie to be.
I have a relative who says he would never see the movie because he is 100% behind the troops and he wants to be supportive.
Im here to tell you that never in your life will you see a movie more supportive of our troops.
I dont know that Ive ever had a movie affect me quite like this. I was sobbing at the end, managed to wipe tears away as the credits rolled, and then walked a block to the car, got in, and burst into tears again.
There are two very intelligent things that Michael Moore did in this movie. First of all, according to him, he checked and double and triple checked every fact he presents, which pretty much eliminates the possibility of charges of lying. Now, as I said a few days ago, I know how the truth can be manipulated in any way you want to manipulate it--and Moore obviously has an agenda--as do those who have gone on the offensive, trying to get this movie banned in the United States, but the overwhelming mass of material, most of it actual film or TV footage of the administration people involved--is pretty hard to pass off as lies and distortion, if you actually see the film and dont make up your mind about its message simply based on things youve read.
The second thing he did was to keep himself out of it, for the most part. I think people were expecting more of the stunt he pulled, trying to get members of Congress to get their kids to enlist. Thats right out of Roger and Me or Bowling for Columbine. Its funny, but its not the meat of this film.
If the film showed nothing more than the 7 minutes Bush sat reading to the children in Florida after learning of the planes flying into the World Trade Center, that "deer in the headlights" look in his eyes, and the interviews with the woman from Flint whose son was killed in Falluja (especially in front of the heavily barricaded White House I remember visiting so openly in years past) it would have a profound impact, even without Moores commentary.
Add to it the wealth of documentation, printed and interview, of things that were known, things that were done, things that were planned, things that were ignored, etc., etc., etc. Add to it the human element--the old man interrogated by the FBI for saying Bush was an asshole, the infiltration of a suburban peace group by an FBI agent, the blind acceptance of the erosion of our freedoms, the tirade of the woman in Iraq whose house had just been destroyed (this is someone who was supposed to throw flowers at the soldiers, welcoming them), and all the other human elements that we just don't see on the nightly news, and I simply dont know how anybody seeing the film could help but be moved.
Michael Moore asks us to do something that most movies don't: think.
My friend Michael eloquently reported his feelings after seeing the movie:
One of the very best reviews I've read of Fahrenheit 9/11 was written by my editor (who writes movie reviews for the Davis Enterprise). He, too, was taken by the 7 minutes that Bush sat and continued with his photo op. He writes:
Derrick's complete review can be read here and I recommend it highly.
You also must read this.
As for me, I'm writing this 10 minutes after getting home from the theatre and I'm still somewhat shaken by the experience. If we return our current court-appointed president to the White House, I swear I'm moving to Australia.