Capitalism: A Love StoryAnchor Bay (Blu-ray)
On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece "Roger & Me", Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take filmgoers into uncharted territory. With both humor and outrage, Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" explores a taboo question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism.
I’m not even going to begin to comment on Moore’s ideas in this one. Needless to say he has some very strong opinions on our nation’s corporate system and how our government has been dealing with our economics since the late seventies. Moore always delivers a strong documentary but this one was one of the weaker productions in my opinion. While his argument is as strong as ever, he lingers a lot on small personal tales that don’t seem to help the voice of the film as much as some of his other films. Still, the man knows how to present an argument.
This isn’t a movie that is intended to look good and you’ll find a wide spread of quality throughout the video presentation. There is a lot of stock footage and archive tape, but generally speaking this is a good looking film for a documentary of this nature. The soundtrack features a few musical selections that broaden the soundstage a bit but this is mainly Moore talking or offering a narrative over stock footage from yesteryear.
Lots of extras on this release and all of them delve even deeper into the economic pitfall this country has been facing. The release does a great job of keeping the supplements in check with the film and offer a lot more information for the supporters of Moore’s vision. There are also quite a few funny pieces too. A second disc houses a digital copy of the film for your portable device.
Whether you agree with him or not Moore is a great documentary filmmaker that doesn’t pull a lot of punches. While he is generally not a fan of the right, he doesn’t give the left much of a break here either. Definitely an interesting look at a very unpopular subject right now.