Dir Michael Moore US (PG15)
Michael Moore still has a good eye for a stunt. Toward the end of Capitalism: A Love Story, his latest documentary polemic about the iniquities of contemporary American culture, he strides through Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, enclosing the headquarters of various banks and financial institutions within yards and yards of black-and-yellow police tape marked ‘Crime Scene – Do Not Cross’.
It’s as satisfying an emblem of the rottenness at the heart of the system as you could hope for. It’s also one of several neat touches in a picture that adheres to Moore form: a thesis to which many liberals would be instinctively favourable (in this case that untrammelled capitalism is socially harmful) is illustrated with engaging and impactful stunts, moving personal testimony and an argument that wobbles between locally convincing detail, dubious extrapolation and preposterously unfounded assertion. Ultimately, the thesis that rapacious capitalism has horrific social consequences is credible and well illustrated, but hardly eye-opening.