Fahrenheit 11/9 Review: Michael Moore’s new film gives great insight into the American landscape.
To say that there’s been tension in the political world in 2018 would be a drastic understatement. Stones are being chucked from both sides of the political spectrum and it’s hard for people to find accurate information on what’s going on. So of course documentarian Michael Moore would have a film that talks about the craziness of current American politics. Many would expect his film to fit into the rest of the anti-Trump films and for the film to basically cause more uproar, but instead he creates a film that really showcases what America is.
Don’t get me wrong, Michael Moore definitely takes his shots at Trump and his administration, but he takes more of a single shot approach rather than going full-auto. Instead Moore decides to look into how Trump’s presidency came to be. He explores some of his thoughts through some well-developed research that is refreshing to see.
For me, this was where Moore was at his best as every point or new aspect he chose to delve into had excellent research behind it. While there are surely moments where Moore puts his personal thoughts in on Trump and other politicians, he never really lets his personal issues cloud the film’s message.
The message itself is actually pretty relevant and strong backed thanks to the personal look Moore takes into different situations happening across the U.S. With the use of interviews with political experts, up and coming citizens attempting to change the current political landscape, and people affected by current disasters and social issues. His look into the water poisoning in Flint, Michigan is actually quite powerful and takes a look at how both democrat and republican sides have burned them.
He does end up spending a little bit too much time on Flint, though, and at times I almost forgot what the film was about. It wasn’t that I didn’t necessarily expect such a focus on Flint, since Moore is from Michigan himself, but I felt like this focus made me drift from what the focus of the film was. But this drift could’ve came because the story of Flint and Moore’s interviews is very emotional and is something that needs to be looked at more often.
Moore even finds some humorous and hopeful moments amongst the tough and not so pleasant topics. Instead of just focusing on the bad, Moore actually offers up some ideas on how tensions in America can ease and even gives audiences moments that they can laugh.
To say that Michael Moore is at his best with Fahrenheit 11/9, would be a total understatement. The film is truly a call to action that people should stop and take notice. Many might ignore Moore for his political views or call his films immature, but rest assured, Fahrenheit 11/9 takes a mature look at the American landscape and many will feel like they’ve learned more than they ever did watching the news.