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Fahrenheit 11/9

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Moore's subjective, serious docu is cautionary, urgent.

Movie R 2018 130 minutes
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age 9+

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age 18+

Same-Old/Same-Old: EXTENDED Version

I have watched every single one of Moore's past cinematic efforts, & was generally pleased with what he'd accomplished in each of them --- but this latest entry was FAR too long, FAR too dis-jointed, and FAR too unfocused... I thought that, as I settled into my theatre seat, the flick was about Donald Trump, & how he essentially stole the presidency from America --- but that premise lasted for only about 20 - 30 minutes. What followed next was a whole series of criticisms & whistle-blowing against the Democratic party, how Bernie Sanders was robbed of political position in favour of Hillary, the corrupt & plotting governor of Michigan, the Flint water supply, and even ex-president Barrick Obama, himself. Finally, Moore returned --- in the last 20 minutes, or so --- to the "original" anti-Trump tome that he started-out with (oh, and did I tell you...? He pulled-off his atypical & favourite Michael Moore one-trip pony stunt of marching into the Michigan governor's office, visibly carrying a pair of handcuffs...why? "To make a citizen's arrest of the governor"). Quite frankly, this latest effort into cinematic history by Moore --- quite literally --- almost put me to sleep. Time to shift gears, Michael --- you're stuck in neutral.
age 10+

Wake up America and save democracy now!

Michael Moore has once again created a powerful, well researched documentary and this time his message is more important than ever. This is a full on plea to create the democracy we want to see in the world. Young people need to see this movie most of all. And the message is - vote, vote, vote.

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Moore's film is a proudly subjective patchwork that scampers in many directions, but it's also by far his most vital, cautionary, and urgent work; it's unmissable. In Fahrenheit 11/9 -- whose title is deliberately intended to echo Moore's (in)famous Fahrenheit 9/11 -- the filmmaker seems calmer and more focused on his thesis than on stunts or humor; he tries one half-hearted stunt but abandons it fairly quickly. He digs deep into the Flint water catastrophe and details the exact way in which Snyder managed to change the balance of power so that he could pull off his scheme. The shocks continue as detail after evil detail are revealed.

All of this is coolly compared with the state of 1930s Germany and the rise of Hitler, with each event outlined as its own somewhat logical step in a scenario that ultimately became terrifying and unthinkable. Trump takes some hits here, but he's not the dead center of Moore's target; as he argues, the America that elected Trump is troubled at its core and is on the way to making more mistakes. The movie's only real ray of hope comes in the form of young, grassroots activists who are speaking out and running for office, trying to set things right. But Moore isn't interested in letting viewers feel hopeful. Wondering whether things haven't already gone too far, Fahrenheit 11/9 ends on a down note, and it feels as if the only response is either to give up or to get mad and do something.

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