Last night I watched the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room for the second time actually. I revisited it not because I loved it that much, but more because I wasn’t paying full attention when I watched it the first time. This film is what I call a nice “dish-washing movie”- something I put on while doing some mundane task around the house, such as dish-washing, to make said task less boring (last night I put it on while I was shrink-wrapping my bedroom windows to seal out unpleasant wintry drafts). A dish-washing movie, whose classification is of course subjective, essentially does not require full attention and might actually bore the viewer if given full attention. So for what’s it’s worth, I definitely enjoyed this movie the second time around. It gives an insider’s view on the rise and fall of one of the world’s most humongous energy companies, detailing the strange macho corporate culture, the ultimately deranged mind of CEO Jeffrey Skilling, the subsequent suicide of a top executive following Enron’s crash and the overall delusions of grandeur that caused the company’s demise. The film essentially serves as a case study of the frightening effects of corporate greed while making it interesting by analyzing the increasingly more insane minds of the big boys at the top. I appreciated it because I never really understood what the whole Enron thing was all about, besides that all their employees got royally screwed. The movie lays out the whole scandal in layperson’s terms and has sort of a E! True Hollywood Story feel (in a good way) that makes you feel like you’re getting let in on the deep dark secrets (well, you are). I’d recommend it to people who are interested in taking down The Man, investigating the potential malevolence of capitalism or just understanding a piece of contemporary United States history that represents that charming cultural tendency of dependence on fantasies of imaginary wealth. That being said, if you’re not interested in the aforementioned topics, you might find it to be a little ho-hum. But it definitely made my shrink-wrapping process more interesting.
Have any of you seen it? Any thoughts?