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Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore makes controversial films. To call them documentaries is a miscategorization, though there really isn’t a word for what he does. He juxtaposes ideas, images, and words and lets the viewer fill in the missing connections. He plays a little fast and loose at times with his facts, but you always leave the theater thinking. And a day later, I still find myself thinking about Capitalism: A Love Story. The movie is a complete condemnation of capitalism. Moore is extremely clever with his images – beginning the film with comparisons of the decadence that brought down Ancient Rome to the current corporate ownership of the US government and disparities between the rich and the poor. He bombards you with facts and figures and you see poor people being thrown out of their houses because the rich men on Wall Street don’t give a damn. As with all his films, it is about the working class getting screwed. And Moore brings out the big guns here, having a series of priests agree that capitalism is evil. What makes a lot of what he says palatable though is his comedic sensibility, putting Crime Scene tape around Wall Street, dubbing Jesus in some biblical epic film with free market clichés.