Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Where to Invade Next

Although Michael Moore is extremely controversial in his political bias, there’s a reason he’s one of the most famous documentary filmmakers working – agree or disagree with his views, his films are bloody good. There’s nothing like a Michael Moore film to make you realise just how wrong a lot of the world does things. Although Moore predominantly points his finger at the US and criticises their every move – such as his harrowing study on US gun control, Bowling for Columbine, or his US health system-damning Sicko - his latest film could easily apply to other places, even such as here in the UK.

Where to Invade Next, which is out now on DVD & Blu-ray, is easily one of Moore’s best films to date. The premise is simple – Moore supposes the US leaders have asked him where they’re going wrong with the country, and he must go on a mission to find out. He says he will invade countries populated by people with names he ‘can mostly pronounce’ – and steal their great ideas and policies. The film is essentially a travelogue – think Bill Bryson with more of a political agenda. He visits Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia and Iceland in his quest to improve the US. Moore’s first film in 6 years, it was produced in secret with a small crew. And it might just be his masterpiece.

As usual with Moore’s films, this is essentially a farcical comedy. The humour here comes from just how much better other countries have it – Moore laughs in disbelief as he learns of Italy’s amazing workers’ rights, Slovenia’s tuition-free education and the culinary delights of France’s school cafeterias. The humour is also self-deprecating from a US point of view; one sequence discusses how only 2 countries in the world don’t offer paid maternity leave as they’re ‘too poor to afford it’. The first is Papua New Guinea, and we see a bleak shot of a shanty town. The second? The US. At this point, we’re treated to an explosive display of a monster truck flying over a pile of smashed cars. Moore often laments the US throughout it, in an almost Bill Hicks style.

But despite the humour, Where To Invade Next is quite a moving experience. Moore is clearly emotionally invested in the subject, often stunned into a sad silence by his findings. On multiple occasions he is even choked up by what he hears, in particular an interview in which an ex-US teacher tells him that children being told ‘they can be anything they want’ is a lie in the US, because there are so few opportunities due to a far poorer education system. This is why I like Moore – he genuinely seems interested in his subjects. Some documentary filmmakers are just looking at the big picture of trying to make a good film – Moore is also interested in the people.

Where to Invade Next is an excellent piece of work. Visually, the film is very strong – although occasionally (understandably) leaning on shaky archive footage, new interviews and on-location shooting is crisp and clear. The film’s pace and editing is one of is strongest features, making the 2 hour runtime fly by. But it’s the charismatic Moore himself who makes the film so watchable, continuing to prove himself a strong interviewer and social/political commentator. And although his personal views trickle through occasionally, Where To Invade Next is not weighed down by Moore’s usual bias – on the contrary, this film is accessible to anyone of any belief or view.

It’s hard to say any more about the film without getting into the nitty-gritty of the policies Moore discovers on his travels, and reviewing these policies themselves. All I can say is this – Where To Invade Next is a film that will make you think, and perhaps even feel embarrassed if you live in a country that is too silly to take some of these excellent ideas forward. Watch it with a friend or family member, because this is a film to discuss.

Wondering what to watch next? This is your answer. 5/5


Sam Love

Where to Invade Next at CeX

Get your daily CeX at

Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Reddit BlinkList Furl Mixx Facebook Google Bookmark Yahoo
ma.gnolia squidoo newsvine live netscape tailrank mister-wong blogmarks slashdot spurl


  1. Coca Cola, omg kids are drinking energy drinks like Redbull now. wice the caffeine and three times the sugar!! You can read more at this blog.

  2. Let this life come and go the natural way it wants. I have no reason to lament about this life because I was the first destination and was chosen to be born on this earth.
    bloons tower defense 5
    super smash flash 2

  3. I have read your article. it is very informative and helpful for me.I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. Thanks for posting it, again!
    - earn to die

  4. HP Printer Support is active helpline that is available round the clock to resolve Hp printer problems. If you face any problem with your printer like device is not working properly, paper jamming issue, cable wire problem and others then reach experts of HP Printer Support and get instant help.

  5. Brother Printer Support is a team of well experienced experts available round the clock to resolve your printer problems. If you face any problem with your device like cable problem, cartage problem, paper jamming and others then reach the experts at Brother Support toll free number and get instant help.

  6. Dell Printer Support is a team of well experienced experts who takes care of your dell device problems. If face any problem with your device like your device is crashed, device is not working properly, paper jamming or others then contact at Dell Support and get instant help.

  7. Canon Printer Support is a team of experts who takes care of your canon device issue. If face any problem with your device like your device is crashed , device is not working properly or others then contact Canon Support and get instant help.

  8. Epson Printer Support is available whole day and night to resolve your printer problems. If you face any problem with your epson printer device like device is not working properly, cable problem, cartage problem, blank screen and others then contact at Epson Support and resolve your issue in no time.

  9. AOL Tech Support Phone Number is a customer care helpline that is offered by one of world's best mail service provider. The experts at this toll-free helpline renders all your forget password, password recovery and other related issues. Reach them anytime of day or night at AOL Tech Support whenever you need their help.

  10. Acer Support is a team of well experienced experts who takes care of your Acer devices. If you are facing any problem with your Acer device like your device is crashed, device is not working properly or any other problem then contact toll free number of Acer Tech Support and get instant help.

  11. Looking for a reliable printer service provider, dial the toll-free number of Epson printer customer support. The technicians will provide you with assistance for all technical issues related to the Epson printer.

  12. Get effective and reliable solutions for fixing printer issues from technical experts. Just whip out your phone and dial the toll-free number of Canon printer customer support, professionals are user-friendly feel free to call them anytime.

    How to connect with our Canon Customer Service?
    Hp printer customer support
    Brother printer support

  13. The experts at Dell Printer Support Number are available for 24*7 hours in a day that encourages and motivates our team to provide the best and reliable services.

    Installation of Dell printer drivers
    brother printer support

  14. Your article is very useful, the content is great, I have read a lot of articles, but for your article, it left me a deep impression, thank you for sharing. temple run 2

  15. We need Facebook Customer Service Phone Number to resolve the complex technical and non technical issues with the help of troubleshooting experts who will guide you to get the feasible possible solution to each and every problem just by using the above given toll-free number which is available round the clock.

  16. AVG Support helps the troubled customers who are having issues with there antivirus software. Also the experts working at the AVG Support Number are accessible 24/7 to rescue every user.

  17. Kaspersky Support resolves all those issues that the irritated customers may have issue with their antivirus software.Now get access to instant solutions on the same, as the experts available at Kaspersky Support Number would help you with quick resolutions.