Sunday 13th June 2010

Capitalism: A Love Story

Director: Michael Moore
Year: 2009
Stars: Michael Moore

I don't, generally, fundamentally disagree with Michael Moore - which may be one of the reasons I don't mind watching his documentaries; although I tend to find them (and more so with the more recent ones) overbloated and self-important.

Capitalism: A Love Story is no different. It investigates the effect capitalism has had on the USA over the past 50+ years, concluding that "it's not capitalism we need, its democracy".

I freely admit that there's lots of American politics I don't know about (or probably understand), so I'm not informed enough to argue against some of this. But in his documentaries, Moore spends an awfully large amount of time making things black and white. They're not. With politics, there are just too many shades of grey. Telling me things are simple when they aren't won't make me agree with you. It just means I'll trust you less - but at least you're making me think, and I CAN argue back. I could be watching Grow your own again.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.