This was one of the best choices we made in some time for our Family Night at the Movies! Anthony Weiner is a spectacular shmuck (in an entertaining way - he has a future on TV, for sure) but Huma Abedin steals the show just by crossing her arms disapprovingly. And this doc knows it, they even zoom in on her crossed arms.
Private life misdemeanors exposed into the public terrain thanks to the political ambition of a pair of naive starry eyes. Satire overload quickly seems like rubbernecking a whirlwind meltdown of a compromised man. The haunting aftermath of the election adds more chaos to proceedings - how Weiner's failure as a politician was used by FBI's James Comey as a useful scapegoat to stigmatise the Democrat's election hopes.
This is a stunning documentary, especially in light of Comey's electioneering letter... The access that these filmmakers received blew my feeble mind. All I could think the entire film was - Poor Huma! It's a fascinating journey. "Why did you let us film this?"
"Have you ever heard of the fly on the wall that talks?" Weiner asks Kriegman at one point during the film, annoyed by the line of questioning. Later Weiner's campaign is in shambles, Kriegman asks Weiner: "Why are you letting me film this?" Neither question is answered, and the audience is left to make sense of the strange relationship between media and politics and the boundaries of our private and public lives.
This documentary cogently explains why Americans chose Donald Trump as their next president instead of another compromised Democrat. As a long-time supporter of Bernie Sanders, it's frankly hard to blame them.
Not so much the obligatorily "raw" look at an already disgraced/reviled political figure, but a more somber, interpretive documentary about someone with no public relations skills nor any particular damage control. Anthony Weiner turned an admirable career of doing his best to be combative towards the oppression of human rights in America into one of terrible New York Post headline puns. That alone is unforgivable.
I knew this was going to be good when I started empathizing with an American politician. The mechanics of politics are laid bare in this one-of-a-kind documentary, and while Weiner is undoubtedly a tragedy, the filmmakers manage to make its title character and Huma Abedin seem sympathetic simultaneously. The only thing missing here is Huma's reflection, although her silent mannerisms are quite telling.