A Good Lesson: Our Review Of ‘Where To Invade Next’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - February 26, 2016
A Good Lesson: Our Review Of ‘Where To Invade Next’

In this latest documentary, Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore takes some new ‘novel tactics’ in the hopes that America will use these tactics in their continuing quest to take over the world.

The film is a refreshing surprise in that Moore’s tactics are non-confrontational and actually, involve a much more personable approach to ‘invasion’. What is novel and surprising about Moore’s approach is how points the American dream is not all what it seems.

Throughout the film, Moore visits countries who are comparable to the USA in terms of comforts, economy, and so forth. In his own way, Moore invades these countries by using words not violence. What an incredible notion! Moore sits with people of various positions of power, and citizens alike, asks questions and listens to what these people have to share.

In his invasion, Moore’s first stop is Italy. He talks to Italian couple who explain the benefits of paid vacation time — which lasts longer than two weeks — and even a bonus paycheque at the end of the year. While there, he also speaks to the CEOs of Ducati Motorcycles, who clearly understand how these so-called perks make happier employees. Happier employees, lead to productive WTINemployees, and so on.

Moore’s invasion continues. Other stops include Finland where Moore learns about the progressive education system in that country. Here, students do not receive any homework. This break from school work allows students to develop other social skills, which will in effect, assist in them becoming better citizens in the long run. Similarly, when in Slovenia, Moore learns about free university education. He speaks with students there, including some American students, who left their home in order for a better and debt-free education.

The invasion continues through Germany, Norway, France, and Tunisia (the only non-European and only Muslim country on the list). In Tunisia, Moore hears about the country’s revolution in 2011, and about how women in that country hold positions of power in government and elsewhere.

Through the course of his travels, Moore hears about how people in these countries view America and its citizens. The feedback is not always positive. At the end of the day, their opinions are like constructive criticism. Where To Invade Next is definitely a film to spend some quality viewing time with. Moore’s personality and great storytelling skills make this journey enjoyable, as much as an invasion can be, as well as thought-provoking.

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