Mitt (2014)

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Director: Greg Whiteley.

Cast: Mitt Romney.

Screenplay: Greg Whiteley.

94 mins.

Mitt is a documentary, and a pretty loose one at that. I was hesitant about the Netflix Original documentary covering Romney’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. It wasn’t really the “Netflix Original” part (truth be told, I enjoyed “The Square”). It was probably the fact that it was a political documentary. I don’t really care for politics. So much of it boils down to “I’m good, he’s bad,” except when you get down to it, it becomes a case of the “lesser of two evils.”

So I was presently surprised to find Mitt as a humane piece. It didn’t say that Mitt Romney was the right man for the job. It didn’t say he was the wrong man for the job. It just showed us a man. A man who is just like many of us. He saw the presidency and thought he could do better. Maybe he could, maybe he couldn’t. We know the outcome of this film before we start it. The journey is interesting enough to keep us enthralled. The family dynamic is sweet. This is an American family. These are good people who are just doing what they think is right. In a way, it speaks volumes about standing up for what you believe in.

The Romney clan isn’t what I would call the most interesting group I have ever watched. At times, the film feels a little stretched. Still, it is worth a watch. I doubt it will win awards this year, but there are worse ways to use your Netflix account.

3/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

Let’s Talk About Boyhood…

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Seriously. I need to speak on this. Can we just take a moment to talk about this film?

So, in 2002, Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, Bernie) began shooting a film. It had no title yet. The script was written but not finalized. He began filming the story of a child, a first-grader and his fictional family life. His plan was to get a crew together for a few weeks every year for twelve years to tell this story. He allowed for the screenplay to change to accommodate his characters changes over time. Twelve Years in the Making is more than just a description of the film but a description of this incredible filmmaking experiment.

I’ve been following rumors and what little information was available about this film for some time; I didn’t even realize that it was completed. See below for the trailer and tell me what you think of this interesting film idea which has already earned Linklater awards on the festival circuit. It opens in theaters June 11th.