Thursday, January 06, 2005

The Hunting of the President (2004)

Just proves how efficient the Republicans are, Bush is doing the same thing all by himself...

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Narrated by Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby; Se7en)

Directed By: Nickolas Perry, Harry Thomason

Overview: The story of the 10 year Republican campaign to destroy Bill Clinton, by any means necessary.

Acting: Morgan Freeman and his distinct voice does as well as one would expect. The people interviewed also do a very natural job in front of the cameras. Nothing spectacular (nothing like the great interviews in Fahrenheit 9/11.)
Rating: 7

Cinematography: The style is rapid fire, the photos are often unforgiving, like famous footage of a Cambodian execution, they never let your eye lag. The images that go on during narration are obviously taken from a tremendously large archive. Nothing boring here.
Rating: 7

Script: The dramatic angle taken by this film makes for an exciting show. Scandal after scandal split up into bite sized chapters. If you like the concept of the movie, you'll enjoy how the interviews make it unfold. The DVD version has Bill Clinton speaking after the premiere and answering a few questions for about 40 minutes. This was a great segment. Don't miss it if you rented this.
Rating: 8

Plot: This kind of documentary, then kind that makes you grind your teeth at the Republicans, and leave your mouth agape in awe at the boldest of lies and corrupt dealings, it's a great plot. I mean, going to jail for not rolling over on a manufactured lie? Very nice.
Rating: 7

Mood: The overall mood of scandal and the attack of the President is well done. Morgan Freeman's voice makes it seem as though you're uncovering a dark secret. The footage is well put together and the history is well told overall.
Rating: 7

"Hello? I need one case of cigars... STAT!"

Overall Rating: 72% (It's Officially ... OK)

Aftertaste: The film was well done, the scandal well documented (obviously). I love Documentaries that shit on the Republicans and make them look as I know them to be: scoundrels. Overall though, it won't go into my repertoire of "Must Sees", but I liked it, especially the bonus feature where Clinton speaks after the premiere. Jesus is that man even smart.