blogenlust
11.16.2004

No More Moore


I am a firm believer that too much Michael Moore is a bad thing. As a result, I'm concerned about the sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Michael Moore is planning a sequel to "Fahrenheit 9/11," his polemic against the Bush administration, to be released about the time of the next presidential campaign, according to a spokeswoman for his distributor. The sequel, dubbed "Fahrenheit 9/11 and 1/2," will revisit the same issues as Moore's earlier documentary, which he repeatedly said was aimed at swaying the outcome of the presidential race against President George W. Bush. "We want to get the cameras rolling now and have it ready in two (to) three years," Moore told Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd on Thursday. "Fifty-one percent of the American people lacked information (in this election), and we want to educate and enlighten them. They weren't told the truth."
Earth to Michael: Don't do it! Please. I wish Moore would stick to films like Bowling for Columbine, Roger & Me, and the to be released SICKO--excellent movies that are political, but not necessarily partisan. Like it or not, Moore evokes a rabid emotional response from the Right in ways that only the Clintons and (part of) Janet Jackson can match. Fahrenheit 9/11 was a good film in that it forced those who saw it to question what had happened over the past four years. Unfortunately, though, I think that some of the issues brought up in the film were too easily dismissed because of who was bringing them up. That's because Moore has a tendency to come across as someone who shouldn't be taken seriously, and rightly or wrongly, this is not helpful for our cause. There are ways of getting these points across without immediately turning off half the country, and I would rather us pursue these ways than present them in another divisive film.