This film is a mix of Michael Mooresque polarities and humor and a large dose of personal pain and joie de vivre' from subject/object -producer/director Morgan Spurlock.
A 30-day: Mc-Diet, a scientific quest for truth provides comment on topical litigation -that fast food is harmful and causes obesity, leads to three of Morgan's doctors and one nutritionist telling him he may die of liver failure. -"Like Nick Cage in Leaving Las Vegas." Aslo, he has a few ‘simple’ rules:
1) No options: he could only eat what was available over the counter (water included!)
2) No supersizing unless offered
3) No excuses: 3 meals a day and he had to eat every item on the menu at least once.
After damaging: Liver, kidney, and heart and also almost 25 pounds later Morgan is denied an interview with a Mc-E D's representatives. The film looks past this event to take into account the 6 month vegan/detox diet (a’ la Morgan’s girlfriend -a Vegan chef). Also, the year of physical activity it took to help undo the health damages of caloric excess, loss of muscle/weight gain, vitamin and mineral deficiency, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, shortness of breath - fatigue, depression, cravings and ultimately addiction.
This film has a concise and engaging visual style of animations and road-trip energy. There is a real sense that this is an intelligent person who is humbly -bearing witness to our self-destructive urges and the ‘enabling’ by powerful corporations and their profits. Are our bodies like their bodies? Just as bloated, as over whelming to Life as a lava flow?
As the films’ own website states: "Ominously, 37% of American children and adolescents are carrying too much fat and 2 out of every three adults are overweight or obese. Is it our fault for lacking self-control, or are the fast-food corporations to blame?
For me that question was answered quite plainly in a graphic gastric bypass surgery procedure.
An engrossing experience for mind and body. -Highly Recommended.