Thursday, February 09, 2006

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

I suppose the effectiveness of a film like this rests on whether or not you're sympathetic to its cause. Robert Greenwald, though, deserves a lot of credit for assembling his films for maximum potency. His talking-head documentaries are carefully constructed, include lots of pertinent information and yet keep moving at a good clip so as to avoid the homework-movie syndrome. There's a feeling that he's preaching to the choir, that he's telling us all things we should already know. But then, there's the worth: These are things we should know, and just because I know them doesn't mean that everyone does. (Plus, even if you do know most of these charges, it's still breathtaking to see them playing out right in front of you.) Greenwald's not on the level of Michael Moore in terms of filmmaking, but his films get the job done.

Grade: B


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