Emperor’s New Clothes - 5 Stars
This documentary is about Margaret Thatcher’s introduction of free market fundamentalism and how that’s helped the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It’s utterly superb.
I have never been at a media screening where the film received a round of applause as the credits rolled. Brand and writer Michael Winterbottom have made a superb film that is able to look at these issues seriously and try and get people angry enough to revolt, but they’ve also included the right level of humour to make the film relatable and to an extent enjoyable.
Part of this film’s appeal is how relatable it is. Brand talks to real life people in various classes of society whose stories are common and evoke sympathy. The filmmakers also have made some quite complex tax, money and political issues relatively easy to understand.
This movie is designed to create a revolution and in my opinion it has done a superb job. However, it’s definitely going to divide people – if you are on the left side of politics you are going to love it – if not I would not encourage you to see this film. But if you are on the left and get the opportunity it is one of the greatest documentaries you will see. #Revolution
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Picture This