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Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: September 23, 2009 Released by: Overture Films

The disastrous impact of corporate dominance on everyday lives of Americans and so many others is persuasively felt in Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story.

The gadfly auteur, from Roger & Me to Sicko, sides with the working man again in his formulaic, if convincing addressing of the the rich and poor. A liberal idealism is evident here in film made before the controversy in light of the new direction of health care proposed by the Obama administration.

The damaging financial crisis (the worst since the Great Depression) has brought on much confusion as much wantonness has unfolded on Wall Street (most notably during George W. Bush's time in office). So, Capitalism may do much better than Sicko before reaching ancillary streams with this subject a little more timely even than the sensitivity surrounding the healthcare system.

The stress on ordinary hardworking people is evident in Moore's interviewing of those victimized by life insurance policies taken out by their deceased loved one's employers. Many have to scrounge on muliple part-time work even in primary positions like pilots. And, many families aren't able to make ends meet thus leading to eviction from their homes.

The film does harken one back to Roger & Me from Moore's own childhood in Flint, Michigan (even with dad Frank). It's like a home movie of a thriving General Motors before thousands lost their jobs as the 2008 bailout put the Obama administration in a precarious state to start off on. His feelings on the injustices of the corporate hierarchy is no more evident than when Moore tries to take action as a citizen against Wall Street bank executives, even equipped with crime scene tape.

The second half of A Love Story features many talking heads from those in Congress, former regulator William Black, even outspoken actors like Wallace Shawn. The unpleasant plight for many today with the bailout came as a result of financial deregulation made by many in the White House and on Wall Street.

This arguably elemental examination gets into the propoganda of how religion and democracy are intertwined with capitalism and the fervent filmmaker's opinions on what is a taboo for many, socialism.

On a cinematic level, what seems to be overly stunted and too illustrative effectively elucidates with a certain emotional altruism. Most notably, when it comes to things like what would have been if a second bill of rights proposed by FDR had been passed, the machinations of the Bush (and Clinton) administrations with relations with the likes of Goldman Sachs and catholicism candor on capitalism.

In this sad Love Story an optimistic bleeding heart showman puts the hypocrisy and transgressions in their place in an inheritance of an emergency room situation which is easy to get dewy-eyed over.

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