I saw Michael Moore’s Sicko in the theater twice when it was out and just reviewed it again last night on DVD. I would like to suggest to anyone, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, rent the DVD, if for nothing else for the extras. It is one of the few cases where the extras are worth more than the film. The in-depth interview with British Labour Party pol Tony Benn is alone worth the price of admission, not to mention that with Aleida Guevara.
What makes Sicko incredible to watch, for me, anyway, is my own indredulity in watching it. When it comes to Moore, I always maintain a healthy level of skepticism; I have not yet completely forgiven the hysterical theatrics leaving Charlton Heston’s house in Bowling for Columbine. But Sicko finds Moore needing to fight the same Reagan-era brainwashing that I did in watching it. When presented with the health care system of Canada, France, or even Cuba, full-on in technicolor, it is difficult to leave certain notions at the door. Imagine a health care infrastructure where care, not money, is the primary concern. It’s a stunner, a stunner, even if you think you believe in such an ideal.