As previously mentioned, I've been a little bit ill this week. It's a lung thing and I hesitate to even mention the name because I don't want to give it any more power than it already has. Sort of like Voldermort. (oops) Anyway, being home day after day, it's hard to tell just how well I really feel, so I decided it would be a perfect time to take myself to a nice dark, cool theater and see Sicko.
Before I go any further, let me say that I am well aware that Michael Moore is a very controversial, much hated person. I love that about him. I have so much respect for a man that sees a problem, and folks, to say that there is a problem with heath care in this country is a gross understatement, and isn't afraid to do the research and speak up. Loudly. There are two sides to every story and it's up to us to do the homework. I think he and Al Gore are (sing it with me) FABULOUS. Create awareness and encourage the people to get involved. How cool is that? They make my hippie heart go all a-flutter.
So, it's me and about 10 other people in this theater, mostly women, mostly older. The film if over 2 hours long and it seems like 15 minutes. Most of the time I sat with my mouth hanging open. I laughed and I cried. When the Cuban firefighters stood at attention to honor a few very ill first responders from 9/11 and then told them how desperately they had wished to come and lend aid, I cried a lot. I wish I had thought to bring paper and take notes. At the end the two ladies sitting in front of me got up and clapped. So did I.
One of the last things MM says at the end of the film is that we, as Americans, needs to begin thinking in terms of WE, as apposed to ME. So true. As I walk out I am behind a couple about my age. The wife is saying something I could not hear to her husband. The husband, who was closer to me replied, "Yea, well Michael Moore is mostly full of shit. None of that applied to me."
You can lead a horse to water, but stupid is as stupid does.
If you've seen the film, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If not, I encourage you to give it a go. Hey, if nothing else it's two hours of cool darkness with excellent popcorn and treats.