Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11 ★★★½

Can't help but feel like the '04 election campaign fodder in retrospect but still it acts as an entertaining firestorm time capsule of the early Bush years and all the insanity that surrounded it. If anything the documentary is conservative in its estimation of how damaging the Bush administration would become. But it's still is a strong balance of highlighting everyday people affected by the wars spurred by the Bush administration, hard facts, editorial insight, comedy, and emotional resonance. It's not hard to see why this was such a big deal when it came out and while I do think it's an incomplete story (by its very nature it was hopeful that Bush wouldn't see a second term) there is still value in watching this. By now, the early 2000s is a solidified place in time. And this documentary feels like stepping back into a certain headspace that one might have been in at that very moment. That alone is valuable to some extent. Especially now as the media tries their damn best to rehabilitate Bush's image.