Maybe I’m tipsy from all the Barack Obama “Yes We Can!” Kool Aid, or maybe I’ve just gotten soft in my post-idealistic-college-kid years (and years…and years), but I caught myself groaning at news of a new Michael Moore film in the works, this time with his sights set on the global financial crisis. I’ve always been pretty well aligned with Moore ideologically, and I laughed, clapped, and yelled out loud in the theater during Moore’s last political documentary, 2004’s Fahrenheit 9/11. But in this post-’08-Election period, I’m trying very hard to put my anger and embitterment behind me and hope for “change,” as we say nowadays. And as much as I’ve typically enjoyed Moore’s exposés, the one thing they’re in short supply of is hope. Apparently, the filmmaker’s focus on the economy is already a shift from his original idea, which was to cover American foreign policy, but I’m frankly not convinced Moore is capable of making a movie that doesn’t highlight how screwed up everything is — albeit in a humorous, thought-provoking manner — and leave us feeling like a bunch of helpless, broke-ass victims. Unless Obama very quickly disappoints this country and causes us to once again give up hope, I’m thinking a new Moore movie will flop just as Oliver Stone’s W did.
What about you? Psyched for more Moore? Think he’s capable of doing anything that engenders hope? Would you want him to even try?