Last night, I went to see Super Size Me (IMDB) at a packed 9:30 screening at the Midtown Art Theater (and according to the ticket guy, the earlier screening nearly sold out). The reception of the film was very enthusiastic, with lots of applause and laughter, and I really enjoyed it. I had been in a bad mood all day, and the film’s humor (as well as Spurlock’s success as an independent filmmaker) really cheered me. I’m not sure I have anything new to add to the discussion, but here are some quick hit observations:
Like Jenny, I appreciated director Morgan Spurlock’s affable approach to the topic. He managed to criticze the fast food industry without coming across as shrill or grating. Also, as Jenny notes, part of what makes the film powerful is the degree to which Spurlock’s health declines, but perhaps more powerful are the changes in mood, his depression and the buzz he gets when he finally eats a McDonalds meal. The intersperesd interviews demonstrate the extent to which fast food chains have created a “fast food culture,” through advertising and misleading information (the sequence in which Spurlock tries to find nutritional information at several McD’s is informative and funny). They also illustrate the extent to which alternatives (often a little additional financial cost) are available.
Not sure I have much more to add here, but the film is a lot of fun. I’m hoping the buzz will allow the film to be seen outside the art house context because I think the film offers a wry, but thoughtful, take on a serious problem.