I'd never use this blog as a political platform. Anytime, when I am talking about movies, I always try to leave my political views out of the talk. I know lots of movies get made about politics and lots of movies get made with political overtones in them, but even then I keep the political talk quiet. Talking about politics in movie talk is as bad as talking about politics at work. Discussing the merits of films is a political act in its own right, so bringing real-word politics into the equation is almost mind-numbing. I wanted to get that out of the way as I discussed "Mitt." The new documentary from Netflix which follows Mitt Romney.
If "Mitt" proves anything, its that Netflix is becoming serious competition for entertainment markets. Their independent television shows are awesome. "House of Cards" is easily one of the very best TV serials you can watch right now. "Orange is the New Black" is off to a great start, and even though "Hemlock Grove" is the lesser of the three, its an interesting start to what could become a great show. I have not had a chance to view "Lilyhammer" or "Derek" yet, but I plan to as soon as possible. Now, they've got some original documentaries being made and telling from "Mitt," they've got some talent in that arena as well.
"Mitt" won't change the view of Romney to anyone. If you love him, you'll continue to love him, there are bits of charm and humor laced in the documentary and I am sure Romney supporters will love it. People you don't love him, well, this documentary won't change that. This isn't anything insightful or earth-shattering. What "Mitt" boils down to a family that prepares their father to possibly become the next President of the United States. Not only that, but we discover how an individual prepares themselves for modern politics. Not a republican individual, not a conservative individual, a individual.
"Mitt" isn't a movie that will try to persuade you, its not a movie trying to brainwash you. It shows us how people support people running in political campaigns. There is talk of strategy in the campaigns, preparation, discussion with family, prayer. That's the core of this movie's belief, how people as family come together to honor each other, support each other and love each other. I think that was the most refreshing aspect of this documentary, it was able to keep the politics out of it for the most part. I felt like I got a chance to know Mitt Romney as a man, not a presidential candidate, that what was most insightful.
I think people could benefit from checking out "Mitt" simply as an inside look at preparation for modern politics. I think people would be blown away by how people prepare and come together for it. I think people will be blown away by how little politics shows up in the films running time. Most of all, people will be shocked by how different a man Romney when he isn't on TV. I hope this is a big win for Netflix, because I love what they have created for the screen thus far.
FINAL GRADE: B