Inequality for All Film Review
Themovie is informative and factual. The narrator ensures that whenasserting a claim they accompany some evidence with the claim or theallegation in form of statistics, interviews and records. Thatachieves to convince the viewer of the information that is beingpassed in the movie. Ideally, the use of statistics and factsachieves in getting the confidence of the viewer and their attentiontoo. The script of the story makes the use of flashback in the storythat helps the viewer to visualize the situation that is being talkedabout. For instance when the narrator shows the similarity betweenthe 1928 and 2007 income he plays a clip depicting the state of bothyears where it is easy to identify the 1928 clip since it’s a blackand white video while the 2007 video is colored and is seen to be upto date despite the difference in the videos, the content or themessage that is to be communicated is effectively communicated byeven reading the placards that the people in the two clips carry.
Despiteits length of 1 hour and 30 minutes the documentary is interestingand has its own way making a viewer want to watch more. It has somesense of suspense that makes the viewer eager to know the facts asReich proceeds to unfold the story and statistics of the inequalitytopic (Sudath).Reich explains that the US economy is driven by the middle classexplaining that the economy heavily depends on the money that peoplein the middle class consume. This information is vital as it drivesthe story of the documentary. Since it goes without saying that whenthe middle class have little or no money to spend or sustain theirlifestyles then the economy weakens. That is then followed by themiddle class having to borrow not to invest but borrow to survive.The beneficiaries of the constant borrowing are the crème deli crèmeof the society. The bank owners and CEO’s who will make profitsfrom the interest rates charged. That on the other hand widens thegap between the rich and the middle class therefore widening theinequality gap.
Thenarrator Robert Reich occasionally breaks the monotony of discussingcomplex economic factors by taking a break from the norm anddiverting the audience a bit from the topic. Such an incidence iswhere he explains that he walks with a box that he uses whenaddressing people in a pulpit. He proceeds to explain that he has aspecial condition that explains his 4’’11 height. Additionally hegives his experience how his grandmother would tell him that whengets to eleven years he will grow tall like the rest of the children.This small break helps the viewer to digest what he had explained andnarrated and also be eager to proceed with the topic of discussion.Reich also commands the attention of the viewer by explaining thehighlights of his life. He explains how he grew up during the time ofJohn F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King one the most popularpresidents of the United States and Martin Luther who goers down inhistory as one of the people who spearhead the liberation of theblack people. He also explains how he met Bill Clinton and howfinally ended up the US secretary of state. The highlights of hislife in the story achieve in capturing the audience’ attention andalso creates an urge in the viewer to know what exactly a person whohas brushed shoulders with the high and mighty has to say.
Reich’snarration is hands on since he delivers the message in various ways.One of them is a recording of him delivering lectures to Universitystudents (Dowd).He also uses a lot of graphs and charts to explain the historicalaspect of what he is about to say and takes the viewer of thedocumentary back in time and how it was back then and connects thepast to the present and also predicts the future. He engages theviewer with the some scenes that away from the graphs for instance insome scenes where he is driving and explains how he feels abouthimself and his car. He also uses interviews to relay his messages.The narrator does an effective job by ensuring that the interviewsgive both sides of the coin (Inequalityfor All).He interviews a wealthy entrepreneur where he asks questions thatdirectly contribute to the topic in question. For instance Nick whois a billionaire in the interview explains to Reich that most of hismoney is spent in re investments in hedge funds and purchasing ofstocks across the globe he explains that Nick is in the 1%c of theAmerican population that earn a million and above in income annually.He also interviews an employee of Costco who despite a salary of $21an hour can barely sustain her family at some point she even mentionsthat she only has $25 dollars in her account. The interviews he usesdemonstrate the complex economic facts that he explains making themseem somewhat less complex (Inequalityfor All).
Accordingto Reich, the average American earned approximately forty eightthousand per year and on the other hand the top 1% earnedapproximately $390,000 which was averagely 8 times as much as themajority of the Americans on the lower side were earning (Sudath).Worse still, instead of the gap closing or reducing, thirty two yearslater, the one percent who are the rich people in the society weremaking 33 times more than the average worker. He proceeds to assertthat the wealthiest four hundred people in the Contemporary Americaare wealthier than the bottom a hundred and fifty Americans combined.That is over half the population of America. Arguable the top fourhundred reach people in America have more money than half thepopulation. That shows how wide the gap of inequality is widening andpossibilities of the gap even getting wider with time.
Reichseems unhappy with Ronald Reagan who busted the uprising unions inthe 80’s. Towards the end of the Documentary, Jacob Kornbluth hopesto launch a movement. Though Reichadoptsa relatively defeated tone, his confidence that America will move inthe right direction is unraveled. With the flushing images of women’ssuffrage on the screen he emphasis on the need to consider thehistory of America in defining the present and preparing for thefuture. The tone of the Reich in the documentary and the variousmodes of communication he uses in the documentary to deliver themessage are effective (Inequalityfor All).
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