Fahrenheit 11/9 is Michael Moore's newest documentary, a "spiritual sequel" in a way to his groundbreaking Fahrenheit 9/11. This film deals with the 2016 Election and Donald Trump, asking the questions of how we got here and how can we get out.
The film is far more typical than most of Moore's other films. Unfortunately, it just doesn't have the depth or impact that he is known for. Instead of being based on passion, it instead feels like the film is based on anger, not aiming to cause change, but aiming to incite anger. This makes the film far less successful and gives it an insincere feel. The film also has major issues in pacing and plotting. The film is very much all over the place, jumping from one topic to the next in rapid succession. It isn't just a film about Trump— it's a film about Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, the Flint water crisis, and the Parkland school shooting all in one. The connections between these events are loose at best, and that is the way it comes across in the film too. Instead of making a specific political statement, Moore instead opts to make a blanket notion that is quite generic. The style of the film is also far more generic, mostly comprised of footage narrated by Moore, which is disappointing.
That being said, it's not all bad. There are moments in which Moore's signature documentary style shines through. For example, he does a "stunt" in which he uses a tank of water from Flint to water the Governor of Michigan's lawn. Moments like these are the best in the film, as they are the most enjoyable and most effective. The film is relatively enjoyable as a whole. Whether you agree or disagree with the politics contained in the film, the ability of either side to make a fool of themselves is humorous. Additionally, the soundtrack goes a long way in keeping the film moving despite its long run time, and I appreciate that.
Overall, I enjoyed Fahrenheit 11/9. It's definitely on the weaker end of Michael Moore's filmography, but it is definitely far more developed than his last Trump "film", Michael Moore in Trumpland. This isn't something you absolutely have to see, though.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch it Again?: Probably not.
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