Where To Invade Next Movie Review

Michael Moore.
Michael Moore.

CHERRY-picking international out-of-the-box and forward-thinking education, legal and political systems processes, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore juxtaposes them with the USA’s backwards and rigid ways.

Moore globe trots to speak to Italians about their eight weeks of annual paid holiday leave, low socioeconomic French students about their gourmet healthy lunch meals provided by the school and Norwegian maximum security prisoners who live a retreat lifestyle.

Portrayed as the norm in their home cultures, the point is to shock and surprise audiences, particularly Americans, who work long hours for minimal pay and vacation time, shovel down fast food and face the death penalty in some states.

Though these all seem like effective and interesting ways to handle criminals, feed students and reward workers, this one-sided documentary feels like there might be a lot that it is not telling us.

Moore’s style is so simplistic at times that this feels like the kind of documentary that would be shown in the mainstream, one-size-fits-all education system he is criticising.

He still manages to make some good points and leaves some food for thought.

A Tunisian journalist pleads with Americans to switch off the Kardashians and use the thing they invented – the internet – to expand their knowledge; sound advice for all of us, really.

Moore’s gimmick is to take an American flag on his travels and “invade” each country, steal their ideas and claim them as American ideas; but the silly, unfunny shtick falls flat each time.

Met with awkward looks and confused giggles from participants, it is the weakest component in the film; but I guess he needed an attention-grabbing hook?

THE ESSENTIALS

Where To Invade Next (M)

Directed by: Michael Moore

Starring: Michael Moore, Krista Kiuru, Tim Walker

Three and a half stars

Review by Julian Wright

In cinemas April 7