A decent summary, if not survey, of this liberal monument (of which the documentary does it's fair share of worshiping). The melancholic undercurrent of loss and decay is affecting, more so when in contradiction with the subject's apparently brittle vice-like grip on the way he was perceived.
With his excellent writing ability, keen observation and outspoken nature, Vidal is a terrific subject for a documentary. But, as a cinematic experience, this film feels rather flat. You get sprinklings of Vidal's private life; but, mostly, the filmmakers are just mercilessly pounding the idea "Gore was great!" into your brain for almost 90 minutes, without one word spoken against him.
***1/2 A fairly typically put-together video-doc (the music is ridiculous), but Mr. Vidal, the greatest of all American walking contradictions, is "on" as ever, and what he has to say remains petrifyingly, disinterestedly astute; calmly devastating in its observant accuracy; and worryingly on point.
Being a blank slate on the subject I found this documentary to be informative and entertaining (the footage of Vidal and Buckley shredding each other especially), even if it was at times indulgent. Appreciating Vidal's views I wish I researched him sooner but I'm not sure how much a younger me would've enjoyed this. A good watch either way.