Something is wrong with the United States of America. They haven’t decisively won a war since World War II and they find that wars only bring about more wars. Michael Moore is “asked by the Pentagon” to invade white countries with names that he can pronounce and bring their great ideas back to the good old USA.
It has been six years since controversial filmmaker Michael Moore released his last documentary Capitalism: A Love Story. At the time, Michael Moore seemed burnt out with documentary filmmaking, which may or may not have to do with the fact that Moore’s ultra left-wing politics burned a lot of bridges for him in the United States. It is probably for that reason that Where to Invade Next? sends Michael Moore abroad.
Throughout the course of the film, Moore visits Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia and Iceland, all of which do at least one thing that is better than the United States. This includes the facts that students in France are served four-course gourmet meals for lunch, college education is free in Slovenia and prisoners are treated with human dignity in Portugal. It is Michael Moore’s goal to “invade” these countries and bring these great ideas back to the United States. However, Moore quickly realizes that many of these ideas are based upon the American Dream and have only been forgotten over time.
Michael Moore is not a filmmaker who is loved by everyone, but Where to Invade Next? has a very optimistic message that can be appreciated by anyone. People in the United States, and North America in general, have gotten used to a certain way things are done. However, if the United States adopted each of these ideas that are used in other countries, there is a chance that the United States would once again become a great country. Of course, Michael Moore’s association with the film doesn’t help with the spread of this message, with the film structured as if Moore were on assignment by the Pentagon. As such, Where to Invade Next? has a great message that will likely hit deaf ears in the country where it matters most.