I saw Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 yesterday. I don't have a whole lot to say about it, but I thought it deserved a mention here.
Overall, it was good -- effectively put together, powerful, clever, all that stuff. I hope all the conservatives that are bustling around trying to bully theatres into not showing it succeed in getting more people interested in seeing it, and I hope as many U.S. citizens as possible give it a look. Moore's target audience, even more so than in his previous films, seems to be working-class folk who might vote Republican because of the cesspit of lies around terrorism and national security, rather than middle-class progressives (though we'll like it too, of course), which I think was a good choice. Loved all the footage of Bush; he just makes it so easy, sometimes.
A couple of nitpicks: I thought the narrative line of the film got a bit fuzzy towards the end. I might change my tune on this one if I saw the film again, and even if it's true it may not be a bad thing -- it might just be Moore pulling back from his usually intrusive kind of authorship (which was less in this film anyway) and letting things flow more on their own.
The other was the portrayal of Saudi Arabians. When he deals with Iraqis, he definitely went out of his way to humanize them, but the portrayal of Saudis seemed to be drawing on narratives and imagery that are just old orientalist rubbish -- these mysterious foreigners in funny clothes with funny accents who have pots of money that they are using to secretly influence our country, and that treat women badly in their own country. I doubt his actual position is that simplistic, and I know that presenting the unfamiliar is always more time consuming than presenting the familiar so adequate contextualization might have taken away from the narrative drive of the film. Nonetheless, contextualizing the great influence of the House of Saud and the House of Bin Laden on the Bush administration and the U.S. in general with at least a nod to colonial history and some sense of ordinary people on the Arabian peninsula rather than allowing the whole country to be represented by a small clique of oppressive elites would have taken the racist edge off that section of the film. (I was glad the information on the Bush/Bin Laden connection was in there, though, because most of the details were new to me.)
So go see it, already!