Film Review: Super Size Me (2004)

Posted by prla1983 on October 09, 2005 • 0 commentsEmail This Post

One statistic I would like to know is exactly how many people gave up on McDonalds and fast-food in general since Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me" came out. There's probably information about that all over the Internet but I guess I'm just too lazy to look it up. However, it doesn't take rocket science to figure it out. My bet is that it didn't impact the industry at all. Not on the McDonalds around here anyway, they always seem to be packed.

And why? Simply put, I believe McDonalds and friends are not the only ones to blame about this problem. Hell, they don't even have the largest slice of the blame pie. It all boils down to the fact that no-one is forced to enter a McDonalds outlet, no matter how many ads you see on the street. Granted, the food is like a bio hazard (despite how good it may taste, that's part of the deception), but isn't it true that people pay to eat it?

Morgan Spurlock doesn't tell us anything exactly new nor proves any real existential point. "Super Size Me" has an interesting twist and that's seeing the documentary author himself sacrificing his own health to prove his theory that eating at McDonalds can damage your body and mind. So what else is new? The experiment, shall we call it, turns out not to be the most important thing and Spurlock seems to know it. At its heart, the documentary wants to be an eye opener, and if you ask me, I was much more impressed by hundreds of children eating junk in school together than watching the guy putting weight or having his blood pressure skyrocket.

Aside the experiment, I found that the documentary does a very good job of showing all the implicatons of this problem. A few pundits give their fundamented opinion on the matters and Spurlock even tried to get an interview with a McDonalds representative which (surprise!) never happened. It's not like we don't know what the person would say, anyway.

That eating for thirty days straight at a McDonalds is unrealistic and may kill you, we already knew. What perhaps we never thought about (myself included) is just how dangerously close to that many people's diet really is.

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