Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore has become a household name with hit documentaries such as "Bowling For Columbine, " "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Sicko." While very few filmmakers have the guts (or even the interest) to tackle big issues like government conspiracies, the healthcare system or American gun laws, Moore has become popular with some and hated by others for exposing many things that have been hidden behind closed doors. This time around he explores the financial disaster of 2008 and it's repercussions, particularly on the average middle class citizen.

As the economy began to crumble and the banks got bailed out, a significant amount of middle class families were the ones who paid a big price by getting evicted from their homes. Others lost their jobs and some even lost their benefits that are usually given in such circumstances and had to fight tooth and nail just to get what was rightfully theirs.

Moore also delves into the details behind the "dead peasant" insurance policies, where in some cases major corporations are profiting from the untimely demise of their employees by purchasing insurance policies in their names. (Why aren't more people outraged by this inhumane practice?) And of course, some of the head honchos of corporate America are only interested in getting richer and don't seem too concerned for the general public. In the end, they get more money and the public is the biggest loser of all. That seems to be Moore's message and we need to be more aware of what is going on.

While much of documentary is about serious subjects, Moore does amuse viewers with his tactics of surrounding the New York Stock Exchange with crime scene tape while bewildered people watched. His numerous attempts to get past security guards to visit people like the head of GM also (whom he has been trying to speak with for 20 years) again shows that he doesn't take himself too seriously and all he wants is to ask a few questions and share some of his own insights.

Moore has been criticized by some for saying that capitalism is evil, yet he is making tons of money with his documentaries. It is important to understand that if he is making a pretty penny for his efforts, it means that he is reaching a wide audience and the message is spreading. Because he is making money, he is able to continue on as a filmmaker and has brought a new level of respect to the documentary genre.

Many people have no idea how much goes into making movies, especially documentaries where an enormous amount of research is required. I think it is important to focus more on the message that he is trying to get across by informing us of the atrocities being committed, understanding how legislation works and exposing the many companies that are getting away with things that they shouldn't. When the woman in charge of the congressional office overseeing the bailout is asked what the recipients are doing with the bailout money and she says that she doesn't know….there is a serious problem.

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