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So many Americans blindly see him as merely a not so intelligent plain folks guy who is at least honest and moral.
Essentially split into two parts, the first portion focuses on George W. Bush's 2000 election, and the second centers on the Bush family's role in the oil business and how that is internationally relevant, particularly in regard to the war in Iraq. While I consider myself to be about as liberal as they come in terms of my own politics, I am just as annoyed with documentaries that have too much liberal slant in them as I am with those that have a conservative agenda. Sometimes, a politically motivated documentary can be successful in presenting facts and backing up their thesis while making no bones about the fact that they feel one way or another. ("Outfoxed" comes to mind) Unfortunately, it seems to be the more independent and lower budget documentaries that choose not to hide their bias, and "Bush Family Fortunes" is one of them. Freeze-framing someone so they look particularly insidious, repeatedly snidely calling Bush Sr. "Daddy" (yes, I know that W did that too, but still) and other elements made me roll my eyes a few times.
Unfortunate, because while I didn't really learn anything new in this documentary (other than a couple of things regarding the Florida election process in 2000, most of the material was covered by Michael Moore in "Fahrenheit 911, to a greater effect) there were definitely some relevant issues that were brought up. Employing tactics like having Greg Palast walk around in what looks like a detective's getup, walking down a street with smoke rising around him, and inserting Moby songs in a really awkward manner is unfortunately just not going to bring people in to see it. "Bush Family Fortunes" would have been better served as a television documentary, if Palast could have kept the sneering and the slant out of it. Interesting material, but the presentation is poor. This liberal gives this documentary a 4/10 --Shel
Most of this goes over already well-worn ground against the Bush family. His supporters will howl in outrage over this; his opponents will cry tears of joy over this - but there really isn't anything new. Bush's joining the Texas Air Guard kept him out of Vietnam. The Florida vote count was questionable. The Bush family has big corporate connections that probably influenced Bush's decisions in office. The Bush family had connections with the Bin Laden family. And - most shocking of all - the Iraq War was about oil! (Yes, that's sarcastic.)
It's no wonder special thanks was given to Michael Moore. Greg Palast is clearly a Michael Moore wannabe. It's the same biased, sarcastic stuff against Bush which includes personal attacks, and right off the top questions Bush's own intelligence. Like MM's stuff, it makes no pretension of being unbiased (except by dishonestly implying that it's somehow a piece of work by the BBC). And what's with Palast and that stupid hat he wears throughout. It made him look like some Hollywood detective from the 40's, but it didn't make me take him seriously. Sure he raises some valid points - points that, as I've said, have been raised over and over (so how many new pretend docs do we need to raise them?) But - valid though many of his points may be - it's hard to take this seriously.
Anyhow, the film does give a special thanks to Michael Moore at the end, and it was great entertainment overall, however no where near the gem F/911 was.