New on DVD: Capitalism: A Love Story

New on DVD: Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore has taken it upon himself to expose the various injustices in the United States. In Capitalism: A Love Story he takes on the entire American way of life. Moore’s latest film examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film […]

Michael Moore has taken it upon himself to expose the various injustices in the United States. In Capitalism: A Love Story he takes on the entire American way of life.

Moore’s latest film examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicentre in Manhattan. With both humour and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people who have been affected and looks for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere.

The best part about Moore’s approach to these complex problems is his ability to explain them in layman’s terms, using visuals and putting human faces to the issues. In addition, he brings humour to serious topics such as the recession and job loss; for example, he goes to banks that received multi-million dollar bailouts to take back the money and make a citizen’s arrest of the CEOs.

One of the more disturbing and lesser known “crimes” by large corporations is the secret insurance policies taken on some employees and payable to the company rather than the deceased’s family. In exploring this “Dead Peasant” act, Moore speaks to families that have been affected by the policy and a lawyer versed in the issue.

Though much of what is presented was on the nightly news for varying weeks, Moore still manages to make some interesting points and uncover some previous unknowns. One just needs to keep in mind this is only a version of the story – not the complete story.

The special features are 10 featurettes written and directed by Moore, including “The Rich Don’t Go to Heaven (There’s a Special Place Reserved for Them!)” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma? It’s Capitalism.”