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Russell Brand documentary Emperor's New Clothes is more lucid than most party political broadcasts

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

We may think we don’t need Russell Brand to tell us that the rich in the UK are getting richer and that inequality is soaring.

Much of what the comedian and activist has to say in Winterbottom’s new documentary seems very old-hat. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

This is a film made with the same crusading zeal and humour as Michael Moore’s best docs.

Brand puts across a familiar message in a very lucid and entertaining fashion.

He enlists primary school kids to help explain the sheer unfairness of it all while also doing his best to embarrass the bankers during his “shop a banker campaign.”

The film makes excellent use of archival material and presents its arguments with passion and coherence.

It certainly makes far better viewing than most of what the UK public is being forced to endure from its mainstream politicians during the current election campaign.

4/5

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