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Haden Franke

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“Bowling for Columbine” Movie Review

“Bowling for Columbine” is the Academy award winning documentary film; written, directed, produced, and narrated by Michael Moore. Through the tragic Columbine High School shooting, Moore’s film explores the highly debated question; why does America have such an extraordinarily high rate of gun violence compared to the rest of the world? The film question’s the Columbine shooter’s motives through the media, important figures of American society, and the country’s relaxed gun laws. Bowling for Columbine is a very persuasive film. Michael Moore uses extreme bias throughout the documentary to sway the viewer’s opinion to match that of the one being stressed throughout its entirety. A very luminous example of this happens at the first scene during the sequence of which the song “What a wonderful world” is played. Dreadful scenes of violence and unnerving facts are shown throughout the time of which the song is played. This is a very effective way of drawing in the audience and viewing America and its violence negatively. The music is calming however when played with brutal scenes of violence, it takes on an eerie feeling that causes the viewer to perhaps be fearful of the society they thought for song was safe. Many other techniques are used throughout the film to display Moore’s overall message. American citizens are viewed in this film as generally unintelligent and unknowledgeable. Figures of authority are displayed as moronic racists, and cartoons much like “South Park” also are used biasedly to show America’s overall obsession with guns and violence. Overall the film is very effective in projecting Moore’s message, through the use of bias, music and factual accuracy. A common theme that revolves around many of Michael Moore’s films, including Bowling for Columbine, is politics. Throughout the film, Michael Moore interview many Americans, many of which state that they would not feel safe without their guns. The...

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