Mar 21, 2007

[Movies] Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation just didn't quite do it for me. I liked Fahrenheit 9/11. I loved Super Size Me. But Fast Food Nation? Not so much.

I'm not sure if the blame lies on the movie in itself and how it was brought to screen or if the book it was based on is to blame, so to speak. My main issues were with the story - it was just attempting to tackle so many aspect of this issue that things just got muddled in the end.

The cast was surprisingly big given the number of cameos - things got kicked off with Greg Kinnear as a fast food marketing executive. Throw in Wilmer Valderrama as an immigrant, and don't forget Bruce Willis, Ethan Hawke and even Avril Lavigne for good measure. See, a lot of notable names - but it didn't account for much in the end, quite frankly.

The story just goes downhill once Greg Kinnear's story arc ends and you're left with the immigrants and the eco-activists. Do I still want to eat a burger after all this? I'm bound to, I suppose. Despite the striking scenes of cow slaughtering, it just didn't quite hit home for me the way it should.

Oh well.


  1. I doubt they're going to release it here - not enough big name stars and it's a bit too artsy to attract attention by the big name theater owners.

  2. just watched Fast Food Nation, it's an impactful flick at least... earlier today i passed up a sausage mcmuffin because of it.