Sicko is Michael Moore’s best documentary to date. Read on:
Plenty of discussion has already been devoted to Michael Moore’s new film Sicko from its champions and detractors — and curiously, much of this material (on both sides) is positive. Has Moore, the rabblerousing filmmaker responsible for the 2004 pre-election Bush critique Fahrenheit 9/11, finally targeted a subject that will bring the left and right together in the spirit of compassion and solidarity? Don’t bet on it.
These days it’s going to take more than a movie about hemorrhaging American health care to make people feel better. When even summer movies like Spider-Man 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End divide folks who would sooner saw off an appendage than miss an opening-night screening of their favorite franchise’s latest installment, Moore of all people is not going to be the guy who unifies the American public.
But this may in fact be the exact reason why everyone, yes everyone, should see Sicko: Love it or hate it, agree or disagree, the film might be the best conversation-starter of the year. (Yes, counting that whole “Staying Alive” dance sequence in Spider-Man 3.) In fact, its purpose is already realized before audiences even step into a theater; the very fact that Moore made a new movie — and further, that Sicko exists — means that people will be discussing all sorts of things that we typically forget or take for granted.
On its surface, the film examines the current state of our health care system, and predictably enough, the portrait isn’t pretty. Even people who have health care function at the mercy of cost-cutting HMOs, but those who don’t are charged exorbitant fees or otherwise left without recourse when they are sick or injured. But unlike in his previous films where the filmmaker interjected himself into the story with flashy stunts or distracting theatrics, Moore keeps a generally lower profile here, appearing on camera only occasionally and less in the service of being court jester/devil’s advocate than dumbstruck average joe.
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