Thursday, June 24, 2004I just saw the movie last night, and it was a lot of fun. The threater was packed, and there were a lot of liberal groups and media waiting for us when it let out. The piece at the beginning where it was Al Gore's election night "victory" got me a little choked up, as did the coverage of a woman who lost her son in Iraq. It was pretty strong stuff.
While it was certainly a very entertaining movie, and the best liberal propaganda I've ever seen (I mean that in a good way), Moore did play close to the line. He implies a stronger connection between Bush and the Bin Laden family (through the Carlyle group) than may be the case. People could come away with the idea that Bush and Osama were buddies from way back, which isn't quite right. It actually reminds me a little of how Bush & Co. through sheer rhetorical sleight of hand encouraged a belief in an Iraq-9/11 connection.
These quibbles aside, it was a powerful film. No independent who watches it is going to vote for Bush, which I think is the point. And the most damning critique is no image created by Moore: it is the pictures of a weak and stupid man sitting in a chair not knowing what to do, and so doing nothing.
Go see it. That's an order.