The most recent political documentary is a move called Mitt. The movie follows Mitt Romney’s bid to win the U.S. presidency. The film makers were provided unprecedented access to track Mitt starting way back in 2006 when he first attempted to win the Republican nomination. The producers promised to reveal the man behind the sound bites with an authentic view that the public rarely gets to see.
Before starting the review. It always seemed that there was a significant similarity between Mitt Romney and Al Gore. People who watched the 2012 and 2000 campaigns must admit that both men seemed too buttoned up and serious. No hairs were out of place, clothes were always wrinkle free, jokes they told were not funny, and all their attempts to be like a regular guy made them seem even more tight.The first scene of the movie shows Mitt, his family, and staff watching the 2012 election returns coming in. With moist eyes Mitt asks asks if they have the President’s number and what “do you say in a concession speech”. Striking for people who watched the 2012 race and remember the whole “unskewed polls” fiasco that happened in the Republican bubble have to wonder if Mitt had been prepared for losing. Was there a belief that he was going to win the election by him and his family?
Moments and Thoughts from the Movie Mitt
Of course the editing of the movie shows that Mitt’s family members are all quality people that are great with their father and of course are willing to drop to their knees in hotel rooms for prayers. It is solid work from the film maker Greg Whiteley that over time the Romney’s felt comfortable enough with the cameras in the room to have a few honest moments. It does seem odd that with all this access that Greg decided to either edit so that there was never a negative impression of Mitt or for six years Greg never got Mitt or family on camera acting out in a moment of passion.
The moment in the 2006 primary when Mitt is with family and advisers working through how he might get out of the flip flop box he was in is great back stage political cat nip. When at the end of the scene Mitt admits that if the flipping message can’t get fixed, that he is, in his words, “a flawed candidate” you get a feeling of what John Kerry must have been going through in 2004.
Luckily the editors decided that the Republican primary for the 2012 election was not worth film time. Honestly it seems like there just was never any drama in those primaries as Mitt had the only professional campaign.
The movie did not spend any time allowing editorial thinking regarding the famous “47% Video” allowed in the movie. We are not allowed to know how, even back stage Mitt really feels about the less well off people in the U.S. Only that he had to account for the video in his debate prep.
In the moments before the first debate the movie makers seem to be delivering a political add for Republican ideology but it was about the only time that discussion about policy positions was every voiced. The movie is more about showing Mitt as a “real person” than debating what political positions are correct.
Mitt Does Not Convince the Viewer that America Made the Wrong Choice Re-Electing the President
Maybe because the movie did not spend time making many political arguments or because Mitt was largely like he was shown in public there is not a case made that Mitt should be the American President today.
In total this movie does not do too much to inform the public of any new information. It is edited to make Mitt and his family look as good as they possibly can and is edited to hit most of the best moments from the 2012 campaign. There will be no controversy from this film expect for maybe a few liberals who think that the movies editors were too kind to Mitt.
This movie is perhaps worth 2 stars and is really only worth watching by people that are really into following politics.