FAHRENHEIT 11/9 Review — Definitely Not Politics as Usual

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Fahrenheit 11/9 Review—It’s not at all what you were expecting, no matter which way you swing

Fahrenheit 11/9 reviewIn my career as a radio film critic, I’ve been very careful to keep politics out of my reviews. I’ve given live film critiques on very liberal talk radio shows, and on very conservative ones, always with the understanding that movies are for entertainment, for fun, and that politics should be left at the door when we’re talking about them.

So I hope you can understand my challenge in writing about Michael Moore’s latest film, the very passionate and incendiary Fahrenheit 11/9. How does one leave politics at the door when the film is all about politics?

From the poster of Trump driving an atomic golfball into the White House, you would expect Fahrenheit 11/9 to be non-stop Trump baiting. But it’s not. It also covers the Flint, MI water contamination scandal and the West Virginia teacher’s strike in vital detail that I think any human, regardless of party or persuasion, would find moving.

Moore spares no one in his takedown of lethargy, of fence sitting, of entitlement, of exercising naive hope at the expense of inspired action. He holds all our feet to the fire, including his own. He also has plenty to say about the culpability of the media, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democrat establishment, as well as Trump,  Republicans and a slew of other politicians. He even takes on Gwen Stefani, and tells the intriguing tale of how the term “red neck” came to be.

And that, probably more than anything else, summarizes Moore’s gift for presenting a fierce agenda in a consummately entertaining way. He’s an every guy storyteller with a knack for getting his message across in a manner that compels people to listen.

This could be Moore’s best effort yet. His passionately presented message that democracy won’t save us, we must save democracy, might even resonate even across the aisle.

Some people watch CNN to keep track of what the perceived opposition is saying. Others watch Fox News for the same reason, knowing that it’s good strategy to hold your friends close, and your enemies closer. Fahrenheit 9/11 has a little something for everyone in that respect.

Rated R

2 Hours 6 Minutes

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Fahrenheit 11/9 Review—It’s not at all what you were expecting, no matter which way you swing


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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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