Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story is the new film from Michael Moore where he examines… um… the capitalist system in the US and asks whether this model has failed the public.

Throughout the film, Moore focuses on people who have suffered at the hands of the capitalist system – families who have been forced out of their homes due to refinancing models that backfired, widows whose partners lives were insured by their former employers to cash in on their deaths – and many more similar and heartbreaking stories.

As usual, Michael Moore tells the audience the facts in a fun and funny way but pulls on the heartstrings of his viewers when he needs to make his point – he does this by showing weeping families bereaved of their loved ones, and perhaps the most potent image to come out of the US in recent years; the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Yes, Michael Moore tells the people what they need to know, but as usual he is sensationalist and sadly biased.

While Moore allows people who are sympathetic to his cause and the people who have fallen foul of the capitalist system to be interviewed and tell their stories, he never once sets foot on the other side of the fence. But then, this is Michael Moore, and he always has an agenda, not necessarily a bad agenda, but an agenda nonetheless.

That said, the film is definitely worth watching to make us aware of the traps that we could easily have fallen into with regards to money and greed, the only thing is, the film could have done with coming out about five years ago before so many young people across the world got trapped into the property market and saddled with debts they can not hope to shake.

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