I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 when it opened last night. Due to some of the reaction in the media, beforehand, I had put myself in the mindset of “just enjoy it for what it is.” I was expecting something super-sensationalist.
Apparently, but not suprisingly, those people in the media who were saying those things haven’t seen the movie. This film was in the very same style as Bowling for Columbine. However, there was even less “opinion” parts of it than the earlier movie. The film, for the most part, was conveying facts. Facts about Bush’s business dealings with the Saudis, facts about Iraqi and American deaths in the war, facts about events surrounding 9/11, etc. No one can dispute the fact that many thousands of Iraqi civilians have been murdered. The part that’s disputable, for those in favour of the war, is whether those people are worth less than us.
Whether you agree with the contents of the movie or not, this is what I believe to be the merit of the movie: to get several important facts, which have been overlooked by the major media, into the public arena. To this goal the movie has done very well even before it’s official release date. Everyone is talking about this movie, even the “right,” which just gives it more momentum. As soon as the opponents of the movie begin trying to disprove his facts/theories they will have made it to those same media outlets. At this point the public gets their first real glimpse of them and a few of them will make a judgement for themselves.
This is a documentary for an issue. That’s exactly what BfC was, as well. And it’s of course not suprising that the “opponents” of the issue are the ones up in arms about it. <rant>The only people this right-wing battle against this movie may convince are the drones who watch Fox News. I don’t think anyone’s trying to convince them, anyways – they’re too far gone. Were I a Christian, like many of those people claim to be, I’d say we should forgive them for their sins – but I’m not.</rant>
Anyways, this is always true, but especially in this case I have absolutely ZERO respect for anyone who says ANYTHING about this movie without having seen it. I’ve heard people at work say Moore is an “asshole” for making this movie. Well, they’re the asshole for being ignorant enough to comment on a movie they haven’t seen.