In 2004, Morgan Spurlock took documentary filmmaking to a whole new level by making himself the subject of an experiment by eating nothing but McDonald’s fast food for an entire month straight. Super Size Me was a wildly successful and informative documentary and has had a significant impact on the fast-food industry today…kind of, sort of.
I suppose it had to happen, but Spurlock is back with a sequel only thirteen years later in Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken. Wisely, Spurlock does not subject himself to the physical torture, he put himself through previously. This time, he decides to open his own fast-food restaurant…for real. No joke as he proudly puts his name behind it. This is not really giving the ending away, but yes…at the end of the film, a Morgan Spurlock fast food restaurant opens and Spurlock himself stands behind the product. It’s healthy, organic, affordable, and tasty. Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken documents the process from beginning to end and even stirs up a little controversy that only Morgan Spurlock can provide.
“…he decides to open his own fast-food restaurant…for real. No joke…”
The start of the documentary gives us an update about how much success Super Size Me had on the industry. It’s true that there are more “healthy” options available today and more “healthier” fast food establishments opening, but soon cynicism takes over. It appears we’ve replaced healthy food with healthy options or as it’s called in the doc—a “Health Halo.”