Moving into a study on documentaries in a film class, we watched "Roger & Me", one of the Michael Moore films that I hadn't seen. I definitely enjoy his style of documentary filmmaking due to his incorporation of humor.
The topic of the film was quite interesting. He took a seemingly local problem and applied it at a greater scale. He also used a lot of symbolism in the film to advocate his point. For example, the rabbit scene definitely serves as symbolism for the issue that Moore is talking about. In terms of a documentary, the film makes quite effective use of a combination of interviews, archive footage, and footage of events as they happen. Moore also incorporates the satire and sarcasm that he would come to be known for, creating an overall enjoyable documentary experience. This is also one of Moore's less heavy-handed films, so it may appeal to a wider audience
No matter how biased or poorly investigated Moore's films may be (and this is one of his better ones), his techniques still make his films enjoyable to watch. "Roger & Me" is no exception, and if you enjoy documentaries, I highly recommend it.
Roger & Me
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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