Friday, June 25, 2004

Just saw it!

Just got home from the Richmond, VA premier of Fahrenheit 9/11.

The sense of comraderie and excitement in the theatre before the movie was amazing. People talked to their neighbors and the folks in the next row, all total strangers. Spontaneous clapping and cheers broke out regularly.

One of the most highly received moments was when Moore showed footage of Bush in flight suit on the carrier deck, with the Mission Accomplished banner, to the theme from the 80's tv show "Greatest American Hero:"

Look at what's happened to me-e
I can't believe it myself
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world
Could have been somebody else

On the recognition of the not-subtle irony of that last line, the theatre went wild.

I arrived 10 minutes before the show started (with my pre-purches tickets in hand), and the theatre staff were explaining that all shows today were sold out, and they were taking tickets for tomorrow.

So many people had arrived to buy tickets, despite the sell out, that we had to park literally a 10-minute walk from the theatre to find a spot.

I don't care what you think of the man, or of the movie itself as a product. Moore and this film represent the same kind of phenomenon as the Howard Dean campaign: he is energizing up our base, getting new people excited about getting involved, and waking up this country.

The Republicans must be having fits.