Friday, January 24, 2014

"Mitt" (aka "Romney Revealed") is a close-up on the Romney family 2006-2012, through the presidential campaign (Netflix distribution)

Tonight, NBC News informed its viewers that Netflix has itself released to video a close-up look at the life of Mitt Romney and his family, from 2006 until his loss in the presidential election in 2012.  NBC called the film “Romney Revealed”, but when I looked it up, it was called “Mitt”, directed by Greg Whiteley.
  
One wonders how a filmmaker got the permission of the family to do this.  For openers, he would have to deal with the Secret Service all the time.
  
The film starts in 2006, moves quickly through the 2008 primaries until McCain wins the nomination, and then gives its closest look at the whole 2012 campaign.  In fact, the film opens with a hotel room scene where Mitt asks what he should say in his concession speech, before it goes back to 2006.
  
The intimacy of the entire extended Mormon family was striking.  They are always doing things together.  The grown children, especially the men, are extremely attractive by most contemporary values.  Everyone is always so well dressed. In one hotel room scene, Romney tries to iron his cuffs with a steam griddle after buttoning the cuffs on, a mistake.  He is ready to read Thomas Carlyle’s “Sartor Resartus” (still yet to ever become a good old British movie).
  
Toward the end, the family (as well as Mitt) gradually excepts the reality that Mitt “is going to lose”.  The team actually delayed the concession speech until it was very sure about Ohio, whose urban districts changed the state. 
  
Mitt notes that suburban precincts got much bigger turnouts than they had for McCain in 2008.
  
Mitt makes a couple of remarks about his own values.  He does say that it is relations with other pople that matter in life, not just wealth, and he does display that. It's very noticeable that everything his adult children do is rooted in social, familial and church context, not the case with me. He also says he fears that the Democrats will “tax the rich, and borrow” and put the United States at “the tipping point” in five years.  I wonder if by “tipping point” he is referring to Porter Stansberry’s theory that the world’s sudden rejection of the dollar as reserve currency could cause a sudden depression (“cf” blog, Sept. 1, 2013, and also an important idea in the Jack Ryan movie reviewed here Jan. 19, 2014).

Remember, Romney had made his own form of mandatory "Obamacare" work in Massachusetts.  It was seen as a way to enforce personal responsibility.
  
In the last scene, Mitt and his wife return home to their townhouse in Belmont, MA.  It looks like the afterlife inside.
   
  
The official site from One Potato Films is here. The distributor of record would be Netflix Red Envelope Films. 

There is a note about Todd Gellstein’s upcoming “Buffalo Girls” (about children boxing in Thailand) on the International Issues blog, Jan. 22.  

Picture above: near a polling place, Arlington VA, 2013.  I did work as an election judge three times between 2004 and 2007.  It's a grueling 18 hour day for low pay.  That could make for a documentary film. 

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