Michael Moore Hates America
Michael Wilson has a problem. He doesn’t agree with Michael Moore’s conclusion in Bowling for Columbine, that the American dream is dead. So rather than discussing it with friends or blogging about it like normal people do, Michael Wilson tries to make a documentary. Why? Because his dad thinks the American dream is still alive and valid. And if Michael Wilson’s dad says it’s true, it must be true.
The problem, however, is not with someone taking Michael Moore to task – some one should stand up and make a balanced argument against Moore’s charismatic, funny, and to the point arguments, but Michael Wilson just isn’t that person.
He fails on many levels, the most obvious being that he is an amateur, and his documentary comes off as amateurish. When you’re going up against the spit and polish of a Michael Moore documentary, you can’t just through a couple of bucks together and grab a video camera.
Another failing is that Wilson sets out to show us just how underhanded and one eyed Moore is, but ends up using all the same tricks, and thus puts himself in the position of being a hypocrite.
Lastly is the title and overriding theme of the documentary: Michael Moore Hates America. He doesn’t. He loves America. He just doesn’t like where it’s headed.
The good thing about a Michael Moore documentary is that, unless you’re George W Bush, you’ll probably get a laugh out of it at some point, and he’ll inevitably get you thinking, or at least hot under the collar about something. With Wilson’s documentary, only his dad will find it interesting.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Offensive Language.
Duration: 109 mins.
Genre: Documentary, Culture & Society.
Director: Michael Wilson.
Release Date: Available now.