During Sundance, Morgan Spurlock's (Super Size Me) new documentary Where in the World is Osama bin Laden was the talk of the town. Prior to the film's first screening, Scott and I ran into Spurlock at a party, where Scott put the director on the spot and demanded to know whether or not he had found ... the Cloverfield monster. Seriously though, there was a lot of hype before the movie was shown -- speculation around whether Spurlock did, indeed, find the world's most wanted man. When Cinematical'sJames Rocchi sat down for an interview with Spurlock, however, his first question was: "Were they any people out there stupid enough to believe you actually found the guy?" And it's true, when you think about it. But that doesn't mean Spurlock didn't return home with a wonderful little film.
You can watch the new trailer for Where in the World is Osama bin Laden above, and I have to say I loved the little National Treasure-style opening. I dig Spurlock; he's a lot more likable than, say, Michael Moore, and he's the kind of filmmaker you can really relate to. Yes, his docs do come with a bit of popcorn fluff (mainly for commercial appeal), but it never gets annoying, at least in my opinion. Though the cat is out of the bag, and we now know that Spurlock did not find Osama bin Laden, that wasn't really the point in the first place. As James noted in his review, "And while Spurlock may not actually answer the question of where, he actually tackles, with humor, probing wit and a certain grace, the much more important question of why."