A. and I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 last Friday night at the Fenway theater. It’s what you expect, demagogic and entertaining. The editing was really good, the musical cues were masterful. The opening-night crowd in Boston was into it, looking for any excuse to cheer. I learned a couple of things, including the fact that no one looks regal while having makeup applied. As propaganda, it was actually quite effective.
And because Fahrenheit 9/11 is propaganda, it also annoyed the hell out of me. I despise being manipulated, and this movie exists for no other reason than to try to make me hate President Bush.
That being said, I think everyone should see it. It shows a different viewpoint from those in the mainstream media, and it’s important to be exposed to different viewpoints, if only to reinforce your belief in yours. And that’s where Michael Moore fails; he refuses to even acknowledge that there may be a smidgen of logic in Bush’s decisions.
I disagree with President Bush on many — ok most — of his policies, but I don’t believe he’s evil. I’ll do my best to un-elect him this fall, but I won’t question his basic humanity.