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Films: Capitalism: A Love Story * * *

It's Moore of the same, but still interesting and smart, says Brenda McCormick

If you've seen any of Michael Moore's previous work (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, etc), you'll have a pretty good idea how this will pan out. It's his usual mix of pop culture, music and clever use of retro TV clips, with Moore's voiceovers, dripping with incredulous sarcasm. He has now turned his attention to America's (and, by extension, the world's) economy. And it's in a shambles, thanks to big business and bankers. Always one to wear his opinions on his sleeve, Moore opens this documentary with a montage of bank robberies, making a pretty clear point from the off.

Ordinary people's bleak stories are scattered through facts and figures and talking heads (including, weirdly, The Princess Bride's Wallace Shawn), who seem to be as bewildered as Moore is about where America's money has gone. These stories make for depressing viewing, but there are lighter moments in there too.

It's all very Michael Moore, though, and there's a lot going on; perhaps he cast his net a little too wide this time and tried to cover too much ground. Having said that, it's a smart and interesting film, probably one of his best, and it's surprisingly enjoyable too.