In the very opening scene of the film Weiner laments: "This is the worst. Doing a documentary on my scandal..." The amount of access that these filmmakers were granted is just staggering. Weiner (2016) is actually very reminiscent of the incredibly underrated documentary A Perfect Candidate (1996). Kriegman and Steinberg manage to create one of the most entertaining and revealing documentaries 0f 2016.
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.
Refreshingly focuses on the narrative of an anti-hero, a man constantly succuming to his flaws. All the while it provides an insightful critique of the world of modern politics, rabid media sensationalism and the difficulty of marriage in the spotlight. All in all a greatly human story about a good man struggling against his propensity to do the wrong thing.
Un documental que en lo personal me hizo revaluar el caso Clinton, evento mediático que es un calco del ex senador Weiner, solo que en menores proporciones. Aquí también vemos a dos personajes, uno siendo un cínico líder, el otro siendo esponja de la humillación. Aunque no tan nutrido como películas como "Primary colors" o "The ides of march", es también un anal de las campañas electorales.
The key question is asked by director Josh Kriegman towards the end: "Why have you let me film this?" It's precisely this incredible access to the personal and political dimensions of Weiner's life, which are inevitably tangled up under the scrutiny of the modern media cycle, that makes the film so compelling.
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?"
This guy says he wanted NYC to be affordable for the middle class yet he lives on Park Avenue South with a doorman...Instead, he should have used all that sexual energy and channeled it in a real cause to help New Yorkers! This documentary perfectly displays NYers addiction to Starbucks and fast food... Weiner is a trainwreck and a documentary filmmakers celluloid dream!
A very funny documentary, though there's a feeling that the creators knew they had been gifted a documentary that almost anyone could have filmed because of how much Anthony Wiener controls the ups and downs of his own story. Keeps your attention with the constant twists and turns, I doubt you'll have time to be distracted.
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.