August 25, 2011 3 Comments
I don’t often choose a lot of movies that have this closed, social agenda to watch. Don’t get me wrong though, I think documentaries have an incredible opportunity to move a point across to the public. Think back to An Inconvenient Truth where Al Gore gave a stirring power point presentation about how we are killing our planet. It created a movement where people took action to reduce their impact on the Earth. Heck I talked about two documentaries that dealt with the Green Movement and also electric cars. They were both interesting looks into a social movement or topic and presented a well thought out argument. Where I sometimes feel lost in documentaries is when they lose focus on telling me about issue and focus on pushing a message across to the viewer forcefully. It can be polarizing to be one minute informed about a subject and the next have this agenda beaten into your skull. This is why Food, Inc. is somewhat of an enigma to me in my enjoyment of the documentary. On one hand you have an informative documentary and the other you have a strong social message that turns into an agenda by the end of the film. How are you supposed to feel and what questions does it leave to be answered?