This documentary might be the most inspiring film that I've seen. this film tells the story of what is hopefully the future of Amercian politics, and by the end of it, you will cheer for the outcome as much as you would a big-budget blockbuster. This movie potrays its subjects as real people, and perhaps that is the most important thing, that they are everyday Americans vowing to help out everyday Americans.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's historic win is a triumph of the grassroots over the establishment and a generational change in leadership. The film shows this victory and also shows the struggle of candidates in St. Louis, Missouri, West Virginia, and Nevada. Powerful documentary about working class U.S. citizens rising up and running for office.
Good intentions and good politics do not excuse this film from being a bland, unfocused, assembly line product. Had Lears focused in on one or even two candidates (namely AOC, whose story was the most compelling of the four candidates depicted), this would have been a much stronger piece that would have done actual justice for the Justice Democrats movement (which for the record I do strongly support)...
I lost track of how many times I said "fuckin' A" aloud while watching "Knock Down the House." Perhaps its most impressive quality is how it impressively transcends politics, focusing on the partisan anger of the average person in America. Moreover it will likely go down as a troubling albeit fascinating time capsule of just how broken things got before a courageous group rose up to try to fix things. At least I hope
Lears makes clear that Establishment Democrats are part of the problem. The narrative advanced in Knock down... is that a new generation of engaged citizens are the only real alternative in the American political landscape, an inherently corrupted mechanism masquerading as a democracy. Makes you wonder if AOC & co. will overcome the plutocratic machine or will be eventually co-opted by the Moloch.