Documentary Diary: Super Size Me

The first time I watched Super Size Me, my knowledge of documentary film making was incredibly limited but I still found it entertaining and thought-provoking. I think that is because Morgan Spurlock developed a great hook for the film.

Now that I have gained more of an insight to the film making process, documentaries in particular, I can appreciate how great Spurlock’s debut film actually is. He appealed to a mass market and it carried an important message about the ‘obesity epidemic’ to people’s attention. He had support throughout from health professionals and experts and because he used respected and educated individuals it helped reinforce the statistics and dangers related to the fast food industry.  The use of animations and stills helped keep the attention of audiences after sharing quite heavy medical information and lighten the mood of the documentary. Super Size Me is the 12th highest-grossing documentary of all time which is an undeniable success for the independent filmmaker who tested his physical and psychological well-being during the course of the 30 day experiment.

Morgan Spurlock’s honest and informative technique allows the viewer to empathise with him. You worry for his health when he experiences heart palpitations and at his lowest points throughout the film. It brought the dangers of fast food to people’s attention and it helped make shock-umentaries as popular as they are today.

Super Size Me appeals not only to film lovers but to everybody because it targets an issue we are all facing. It is dealt with in an honest and captivating manner and it’s a must watch for all!

 You can watch Super Size Me on Netflix now! 

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