Sunday, June 27, 2004

A Fahrenheit911 review

Blue Lemur's review is a good one. Being a fanatic for gonzo journalism, I have to borrow Blue's leading quotation, from the great Hunter S. Thompson:

Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism—which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.
— Hunter S. Thompson, He Was a Crook

I saw the film opening day in Michigan. The theater where I saw it was packed with people of all ages. Quite a few tears were being shed by those leaving. So I'm not surprized that F911 beat "White Chicks" at the box office, even though it showed on only 850 screens.

I suspect that F911 will break $50 million, then be pulled for DVD release in September.

(And if a certain political campaign sitting on more than $100 million was smart, it would arrange to buy two million copies at discount prices. 500,000 disks would be mailed to loyal supporters as a premium to share with their families and friends. The other one-and-one-half million should be distributed door to door in key precincts of battleground states.)