And liked it. I walked in knowing that the art house audience full of forced laughter was going to be in full effect, but wasn't fully prepared for certain... scenes which put that annoyance down permanently. There were scenes of extreme REAL gore. Like that politician who blew his brains out on TV (something I used to fantasize about seeing, until I did). Real gun violence depicted on a big screen illustrates to me that movie violence does NOT desensitize. I had access to pay cable from a very early age and some of the footage made me ill.
The film deals with mainly the problem of the gun murders but glosses over hard numbers and facts - Michael Moore specializes in this kind of analysis-by-way-of-daily show interview. That's what most of the interviews seem like... a guy at a gun shop wearing a "fuck everyone" hat, Oklahoma City Bomber Terry Nichols's brother claiming ignorance about non-violent protest, stuff like that. It makes you laugh and wince at the same time but says nothing about anything except that there are some wackos out there (but we knew that, right?)
When Moore flashes the raw data of how many gun deaths there are in various first world nations, I scoffed. Only murder RATES are relevant, especially when you look at the relative populations. Britain, Japan and Australia's populations add up to a little more than half of ours, but Moore just ignores that and plods on. I'm not saying the film wasn't entertaining, because it was as much that as it was disturbing, but it's no Noam Chomsky analysis. Watch this space for a guide to the film that might elucidate the points MM wanted to make (I'm a statistics hound, watch me!)
Anyway, I liked it, it depressed me and it inspired me. It's not a must see, though, especially if you live in rural environments where guns are distributed at birth. ;) <p><HR>Check out <a href=http://db.etree.org/aenematron>My Show List</a>!<BR>---<BR>"This is a movie too. Cut, print, that's a wrap everybody. We're over budget, the trial scene's cut. See ya at the Oscars!"<BR>-"Robert Blake"</p>