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Jul 11, 2007

Fletch's Film Review: Sicko

I'm happy to report that I was wrong. With both his curveball and fastball still intact, Michael Moore's Sicko is no different in tone than any of his previous efforts. Alternately informative and infuriating, Moore still finds plenty of time for his sardonic wit to shine through.

Through possibly an easy task, those that spend their time picking holes in Moore's arguments and/or railing him for his stunts (he attempts to take a group of folks to Guantanamo Bay for treatment, for example) are wasting their time and missing the point. Slanted as Moore may be, and however uninformed he may be in regards to the health care systems in place in Canada, France, et al, Moore's heart and head are squarely in the right place at all times. He sees a (big) problem with the US health care system and is looking at countries that maybe, just possibly, have a better system.

Amongst my few complaints with Sicko is Moore's inability to let the past go. Despite my feelings for Bush and his administration (hint: they're not fans of mine), it smacks of bitterness and stubbornness for Moore to take unrelated potshots at Bush in this film. Rail him all you want as it applies to health care, but leave the Iraq/election jabs in the editing room. There aren't many to be heard, but there's enough.

Fletch's Film Rating:

"It's in the hole!"


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Guy said...

Just saw this. Not as biased of an opinion as in his previous films. At least in this film he does a seemingly great job of presenting a lot of facts and good arguments instead of rallying behind emotions and sarcasm. Overall I enjoyed it.

Jasmine said...

really good movie, though wondering why they seem to be marketing it as a comedy? There are funny parts, but its the "laugh so you don't cry" kind of funny.

Matt said...

I just saw Sicko the other day and I have to agree with your assessment. It's very slanted, but it's also a real eye opener to the generally clueless such as myself.

And I know there has to be numerous downsides to the French, British, and Canadian health care systems, but Sicko made them all look so darn good that I wanted to pack my bags and head over there immediately. That's the result of some persuasive commentary right there.