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Michael Moore is a pro at showing dramatic irony
He can be a self-important dick, but he is too good and making everyone else look worse
I suggest also reading Ben Hamper's book Rivethead if you enjoyed this film. He's the guy who talks about the Beach Boys song in the movie.
@Peeorpoo (now I can't tell if you're just trolling), how GM is obligated to one thing or another isn't necessarily the question. Moore isn't making an argument for that. What he IS doing and what makes this movie so special is that he's showing the human side of what, to an immensely-wealthy businessman like Roger Smith, is just another way of cutting costs. The idea is that what GM is doing is wrong. It is cruel and inhumane. It's not necessarily a question of capitalism, socialism or what have you; it's a question of human decency. Maybe GM is a business, but businesses are run by people, and those people put their own needs above those of others with no real chance of being dealt any repercussions of their own. At very least, somebody should hold them accountable, and Roger Smith is the face of those people.
To anybody who thinks this way about world affairs, let me ask you: How would you feel about the issue if a company that you worked for decided you put not only you, but many of your friends and family members out of a job for the sake of their own financial benefit?
GM is no more obligated to employ the people of Flint than an able-bodied person is obligated to hold a door for an elderly person with a walker. They don't have to, but not doing so is just plain shitty
This is a great movie. I've never seen another Michael Moore movie and, frankly, I'd rather not tarnish the impression he's left on me. Yes, he fudged some details, but none of those fudgings make any considerable difference in the portrayal of Flint's hardships. Perhaps they call into question Moore's integrity as a documentarian, but that ship has sailed.
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