Documentary

Becoming

In the new film, Obama maintains that she's never liked politics, but you can't help but wonder whether she's seen the end of the campaign trail.

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The Netflix documentary Becoming, which follows Michelle Obama as she goes on a book tour, contains little to discourage those who hope she may someday be persuaded to run for elected office. Brimming with well-rehearsed anecdotes that are by turns humorous and inspiring, the film is carefully stage-managed to give audiences the sense that they've gotten a peek behind the curtain without in fact revealing anything new.

Whether she's addressing the crowd in a packed arena, talking direct to camera, chit-chatting with fans, or showing us around her childhood home, the former first lady comes across as charming and competent—exactly what you would expect from a documentary made by a production company owned by the Obamas, which, not incidentally, this film is.

After mentioning that her legal career was interrupted by motherhood, Obama is asked about picking things up post–White House. "It's not getting back on track," she answers. "It's creating my next track. I'm figuring out what do I want to do." She maintains that she's never liked politics, but you can't help but wonder whether she's seen the end of the campaign trail.

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  1. This will be on contention for an Oscar, right?

    Ha!

    1. And a Nobel Peace Prize.

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  3. carefully stage-managed to give audiences the sense that they’ve gotten a peek behind the curtain without in fact revealing anything

    So, pretty much like the “news”.

    1. or a campaign video

  4. Instead of reviewing self promotion, why not review a very important documentary like Uncle Tom?

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  5. Yeah, she never liked politics, but that’s how she got everything she has.

    1. She’s going to throw her hat into the VP nominee ring. Watch. Black, female, will likely co-rule with Barack, no scandals of her own, won’t alienate voters who weren’t already voting for someone else…

      A decent chunk of the country desperately wants Obama, the Third Term. ‘Documentaries’ like this don’t get green-lit for the hell of it. They’re trial balloons. Like “Madame Secretary” was. Hil should have paid attention when that tanked.

      1. Don’t forget trans.

        (Joan Rivers, “Everyone knows it.”)

  6. What we need is a Constitutional amendment that explicitly applies the ineligibility caused by Presidential term limits to extend to any child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, or current or former spouse of a President.

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