Film Review: Fahrenheit 11/9

08:50 September 24, 2018
By: David Vicari

Liberal documentarian Michael Moore is at it again. The title of his latest film, Fahrenheit 11/9, refers to the day Donald Trump became president of the United States. Sure, Moore does take shots at Trump, but what he ponders here is: How did this billionaire buffoon with no experience become president? Moore concludes that it was the Democrats and their major compromises – both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama do not come off well in this film – that made many American Democratic voters become disenchanted with their party, resulting in too many voters staying home on Election Day. Is that what gave the Republicans the edge?

Moore also is able to fit into his movie the Parkland, Florida, school shooting as well as the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Maybe that is packing too much into one movie, as these two subjects should each have their own documentary. However, Moore is able to connect all of this into a compelling narrative. Whether you agree or don't agree with him and his politics, you must admit that Moore is a shrewd filmmaker. He gets his point across by packaging it into an inherently watchable movie. You don't have to concur with his views, and you may even think he is a far-left liberal nut, but at least listen to his argument. 

*** out of four

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