It looks like I’ll get an early view of Michael Moore’s new film Sicko. The man is no stranger to controversy. I first heard of the rotund champion of the Left during his stint with TV Nation. I liked his style. Later, he gave a speech during my undergraduate days at Florida State University. It was 2000 and the main thrust of his speech was that if we didn’t keep Bush out of the White House, it would usher in the dark days of the apocalypse. No comment. I like watching his documentaries even if I don’t always agree 100% with the politics he’s pushing. He makes some interesting points, but I do sometimes get annoyed with his constant antics as showy provocateur. It comes off a grating and over the top, and sometimes it feels a trifle staged and over-edited. (and perhaps with good reason)
I saw his most confrontational film, Fahrenheit 9/11 while I was in South Africa, where his grudge match with the Bush administration seemed to play well with the crowd who were not fans of our Commander in Chief. I liked him better when he was in his more grassroots mode, ala Roger & Me, or the more philosophical as in Bowling for Columbine.
I’m interested to see what he has to say with Sicko, as I think the health care industry makes a good target for him to snipe at. Is there anybody out there who actually likes the state of health care in America? I think people everywhere and on both sides of the aisle have serious issues with the way the system stands. Michael Moore is a muckraker, pure and simple. Sometimes that gets on my nerves. Sometimes, it works. We’ll see how this plays out.