Rather than attempting to create a satire of American society, Michael Moore does even better. He films real life and lets it speak for itself.
The United States of America is notorious for its excessive number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. The director of ’Bowling for Columbine’, Michael Moore, digs deep into American society to try and find the roots of the lack of gun control throughout America. In the process of creating his film he quickly learns that issues such as violent natural history, violent entertainment, and the effortless availability of guns could potentially play a major role in American violence as a whole, though these issues are not enough to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without experiencing the deadly bloodbath.
’Bowling for columbine’ enhances the reality of American gun control. Michael Moore has expressed his negative viewpoint vigorously. He shows this through his use of satirical techniques and filmic features that are portrayed immensely throughout the whole film.
Moore uses filmic features to present to the audience a series of descriptions of society which then allows them to draw their own conclusions. This film challenges the audience to take a critical look at facets of society that are often overlooked, purposefully ignored, or denied.
The use of interviews is throughout the entire film providing, again, different views on the scenario that the documentary is based on (Colombine HS Shooting). Moore raises important questions to many of the interviewees which provides the viewer with a number of different opinions, which in turn, allows them to make their own decision as to what influences America and why. Among others, he speaks with James Nichol, brother of Terry Nichol who is currently serving a life sentence for his involvement in the Oklahoma City Bombing. Charlton Heston, President of the National Rifle Association. Marilyn Manson, goth rock star. Members of the Michigan Militia. Matt Stone, creator of South Park. This provides the viewer with a number of different opinions, which in turn, allows them to make their own decision as to what influences America and why.
Camera angles play an important part in ‘Bowling for Columbine’ as it engages the viewer and depicts