The lame edge of Supersize me

September 11, 2007 at 8:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 25 Comments
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These days my blog is kinda turning into a movie review blog. Doesn’t matter! I watched Supersize me (USA 2004, directed by Morgan Spurlock) two days ago, again mainly for getting to know what the fuss is all about.

Now that I HAVE seen it, I really wonder whether it was considered a cutting-edge documentary in the US, the country where it was produced? Many of the arguments brought forward seem very unconvincing and beside the point to Europeans – I am thinking in particular of the sequences where Morgan is checking whether any McDonalds has put up the chart with nutritional information. Tey largely haven’t, which seems to cause legal problems, but:

Excuse me, but who needs a chart with nutritional information to know that fast food is crap? (Checking calorie charts alienates you from food and your natural eating habits anyway) How can anybody be eating junk food and then claim ‘McDonalds never told me this is crap’? It’s in its legal aspect where the movie seems to lose its cutting edge. And Morgan’s girlfriend, the vegan chef, was just as annoying. Saying that vegan, organic nutrition is the only good thing you can do to yourself in the nutrition department is just as stupid as going to McDonalds three times a day. It seems as if (some of the US) Americans have really lost every sense for what food is and what to do with it. And that fat teenager who said how inspiring it was to have talked to somebody who lost weight but then said “He says that I should just go and buy a sandwich twice a day, but some people just cannot do that, I cannot do that. It’s just not that easy.”

Makes you wonder – is she too stupid or too poor to buy a sandwich? If she can’t buy one – why not make one at home? And anyhow – that’s just another mindless rule: “Eat sandwiches. Don’t eat carbohydrates. Drink light products.” Alienates you just as well.

Either way: Watching those morbidly obese Americans on their electric shopping carts made me want to slap them! And the only sequence I really enjoyed in the movie was when one guy reported how smokers get harassed with lines like “Don’t you know how harmful that is? You could die right away and kill the ones around you too!” whereas nobody goes out and shouts at a blob: “Look at what you’ve done to your body! Don’t you know that is going to give you a heart attack? And don’t you dare have a desert now!”

Also, how anybody can drink litres and litres of soda is beyond me. Drink water, that’s what nature provided for quenching our thirst. Sodas are desert.

Interesting note: The movie was broadcast on Austrian private channel ATV, and McDonalds had indeed NOT failed to book advertisement with it – they snuck a brief one in at the end of the commercial creak. You hardly noticed what was movie and what was commercial. Supersize me is, after all, branded all over.

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