In the last few weeks, I have been on kind of a food documentary kick. I thought it might be helpful for me to give some brief analyses of these types of movies to those of you who are interested. I will go chronological order of the documentaries that I have watched:
- Negatives: The film is very emotionally-charged (thank you Chance Sumner for pointing this out). The interviews with different families and experts appeal to the sympathies of film-watchers. Take caution: some of the images are disturbing and you may be skipping your next BBQ. Lastly, in a word: agenda. The filmmakers, like the major food industries, have their own agenda, so if you watch the film be sure to do so with discernment.
- Positives: Like I said the film follows two doctors in particular who came out with highly controversial evidence (in their day) that advocated a plant-based diet to reverse medical problems like heart disease and diabetes. It's hard to argue with the experts. The statistics presented on America's percentage of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, etc. is abundant. I really liked this film because, while the film is advocating for something, they are doing so with solid, factual evidence. The film also follows a number of people who go on the plant-based diet and see significant results! Major plus for that!
- Negatives: I wish that this film was a little more exciting.. or a little bit faster paced. While I did very much enjoy this film, I was a little dissappointed that the two people that went on the plant-based diet were both from the same economic class. I would like to see diversity in the demographic that switches to plant-based diets so we can ask questions like : is it afforable? is it possible?
- Positive: This documentary is honest and entertaining. Joe is an average guy who takes it upon himself to get healthy via nutrition. I loved the uncut style of the film and the "no agenda" attitude that Joe has throughout his experience. He isn't trying to necessarily convince anyone of his way of thinking (juice fasting), he simply asks people if they would try the fast and then gives them his reasoning based on his recent experiences. In addition, near the end of the film Joe helps one very overweight truck driver take on the challenge of losing weight to become more active, which is a really cool thing to see.
- Negative: Joe can be a bit blunt at times, but it all depends on how you take it. The film ends on kind of a cliff-hanger, but other than that, this was one of my favorites.
- Negatives: There were a few interviews with the family members of the "guinea pigs" who went on the plant-based diet, that were just plain awkward. The film was too long - almost 1 hr. 45 minutes - and could have been half of that.