The Emperor's New Clothes
Time Out says
Even if you can’t stand the sight of Essex’s greasy Jesus, Russell Brand, you might warm to this tub-thumping political doc that he’s made with director Michael Winterbottom.
Brand’s target is capitalism, and specifically wage inequality, corporate tax avoidance and regressive taxation. Earnest, jokey and loud, the film is a lot like Brand. Sometimes he’s hyper-talking to camera, sometimes he’s meeting folk at the sharp end and sometimes he’s pranking around, Michael Moore-style.
The Emperor’s New Clothes is light on economics (but not threadbare) and heavy on real experience, meaning we meet cleaners, schoolkids, factory workers and more. And Brand is a winning – cuddly even – bridge between his film’s ideology and the wider world.