December 3, 2013 by Welcome to the Jungle
AMERICA LARGER THAN LIFE
A film review by Jesse D.
In the last 50 years, America is growing in size. I am not talking about the population, but rather the people themselves. The obesity pandemic is growing and growing year by year, and it is due to one major cause, and this movie has got to the bottom of it.
The movie Supersize Me takes place all around the United States. The documentary follows Morgan Spurlock as we travels across the country and eating McDonalds every day, 3 times per day, and he can’t consume anything else, other than what comes from the store. Spurlock had to eat everything on the menu at least once throughout his I month journey. He was not allowed to turn down the option to supersize his food, and most of the time he did. The point of this whole experiment was to see how the food had effects on his body, and to conduct research into the growing obesity pandemic that is sweeping the world.
Spurlock starts of the film in the top percentage of the healthiest people in America. His girlfriend, a vegan, who makes a lot of organic food for him lives with him in his Manhattan apartment. Although much against what he is doing, she can understand it goes to a good cause and this research is much needed. It is really quite amazing how badly his body takes all the food, it even goes as far as making him sexually lethargic, and depressed.
I really enjoyed watching this film. It was made by Morgan Spurlock as well, making it even more of an impressive project. Normally I am not one to reach for a documentary, but this one really pulled me in. Though out the movie, it would give frequent information of health concerns all around America, including meals being served in schools, peoples own stories, and the overall condition of the issue in the country. Some of the stats were absolutely staggering, and left the viewer wondering how such an issue could get so terrible. For such an educational film, it really provides the viewer with great entertainment value as well.
Because the nature of this film, there wasn’t a lot of special effects or really any notable music in the movie, however there were some very power cartoon demonstrations of the human body and McDonald’s customers throughout the film. The cartoon animations were especially effective because the viewer really got to understand the concept that the film was trying to portray.
I believe that everyone should view this film. The lessons and issues one should take away from this movie are absolutely crucial! Obesity is a major problem in the United States and Canada now, and this film makes the view more aware of the issue, and just what this fast food can do to you in such a short period of time. I would absolutely recommend everyone watch this, and please try to cut back on their intake of fast foods!
Jesse D. is a grade 12 Media Studies student who loves keeping active and the media.