Sunday, March 04, 2007


WHY WE FIGHT is a doc about the Iraq war, against the background of how the country has gone to war since WWII (The Big One).

The movie won a jury prize at Sundance last year, and was nominated for IDA and WGA awards. It's heart is in the right place, but the film lacks structure and plays more like propaganda than a true documentary. He makes some good points, but the film's subject is scattered back and forth. It tries to bite off more than can be fit in a 100 minute doc; in fact, a 13-part series could have covered it much better, especially if they found more balanced interview subjects. He relies primarily on about half a dozen subjects. With the exception of Gore Vidal and John McCain, the rest are people I've never heard of and don't know how to interpret their comments. He does not establish a reason to trust these people.

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