“The fact that the guy has some real anti-authoritarian bona fides — that he’s often out to make a point, and not just moving from one outrage to the next — is something that’s lost in the second-guessing about his film. His work is as straightforward as a brick. That’s part of its charm.
Maybe this would be more obvious to people if the guy weren’t so frickin’ successful. It’s easy to say that he wants to have his cake and eat it too, critiquing the system and being part of it. But as in the case of, say, the Sex Pistols — partly a marketing concoction — just because a phenomenon isn’t some totally pure, uncalculated thing doesn’t mean it’s incapable of saying something meaningful.”