|Super Size Me 2004
||[May. 12th, 2004|02:30 am]
I find difficulty with harsh critique of this film, as I did like it.
Yes, people should go to this film and enjoy it. Super Size Me is rather entertaining.
In fact, I haven't laughed quite as hard as I did during the scene where Morgan gets the "McSweats."
I do have some notes.
This is in the style of the "shock-u-mentary," aka a Michael Moore film. It is not quite Michael Moore, however.
Eating Mickey D meals for one month is a stroke of some genius, but this was meant to entertain before it was meant to send a message.
Michael Moore feels as passionate about his works as Spurlock does with this film. With Moore, there's less entertainment, more thought for his focus.
While Super Size Me is fairly entertaining, it isn't extremely thought-provoking.
As humorous as Morgan is, his love, Alex, isn't. I can't really remember if that's her name, but his vegan love came off as rather annoying, which slowed down the comedic roll. I'm sure she's a lovely person, but her parts weren't necessary.
The artwork that accompanies much of the film, that is rather amazing to behold. Bizarre renditions of Ronald . . . excellent work by that artist, very well done.
I have one rather cautionary tale . . .
The stomach procedure detailed in painful surgery scenes isn't the best solution to highlight. I felt this more careless of Spurlock, as he threw data with regard to success of this procedure.
A stomach-reduction procedure does not always stop the person from continued poor eating habits. Eating the same amount of food under such drastically-reduced stomach sizes can lead to hospitalization and death.
My aunt couldn't control her eating habits. While she did lose a drastic amount of weight, she had some near-death situations from cramming too much food. It didn't save her life. She had problems with substance abuse, and the stomach-reduction complications were a symptom of her general inability to control herself. She not only ate too much for her stomach, but she'd also practice a concoction of booze with medication that required her not to consume alcohol. The reduction itself did not kill her, but her success with weight loss came with the burden of having an increased responsibility over her food intake.
Enjoy Spurlock's crafty work for its entertainment. It reminds me very much of Moore's early blockbuster work, Roger & Me. Moore gave us a tour of desolate Flint, Michigan. While doing this, he tried to track down then-CEO of General Motors, Roger Smith. Smith's general lack of sympathy was well-defined by Moore. Yet, like Spurlock's film, we already knew that Smith wouldn't give a damn. Substitute McDonald's for the former GM CEO, and you have a similar and very promising career for Spurlock.
Super Size Me gives us everything we expected from Spurlock's Mickey D binge. I had my share of McChuckles, and I drove home in my McCar to my McApartment to give my McCents in my McJournal.