The Undefeated Reviews
To the objective eye, there's no doubt why she garnered an 80% approval rating while governor of Alaska as she took on big oil and corrupt politicians. I have no doubt she'd had done the same in Washington. Since she's decided not to run for office, I think her star power will keep the conservative message in the forefront and eventually help get rid of the worst administration in history.
The only criticisms I have are that they could have used different music instead of the same score that went on through the entire movie. Also, I think two hours was a bit long and the director's message would have been just as effective in 90 minutes.
Average Americans don't know any of this, just like they don't know Governor Palin never claimed she could see Russia from her house, and couldn't tell you what Palin really said, or speak to the context in which she said it. We need not look beyond President Obama to know that experience doesn't matter, because he had less than Palin. He never met a payroll, never helped create a single job, and never had to balance a budget. He was never the sole person in charge of decisions that affect myriad lives. He was a senator. He gave speeches for a living. There's a reason former governors far outnumber former senators in the Whitehouse.
I'm a 25-year resident of Alaska. I watched this film. It's as much a documentary as anything Michael Moore has ever made...which is to say it's not truly a documentary. It has an agenda. I can understand why Palin haters dismiss it. It IS overly rosy, and not a balanced depiction. We've had years of the pig-piling irrational hatred though. We've had enough of the smug elites on both sides of the aisle who think they're smarter than regular Americans. Excuse me if I admire Governor Palin for reminding us that we don't have to just take it.
But yet her brain dead zealot followers (which are very few if the attendance and gross profit of this film is any indication) can't be told any different. With a cult like allegiance and and willful ignorance they'd follow her off any edge and over any cliff. Of course on the way down they'll blame it all on liberals and the any non right-wing media.
A 0% is too high for this film. It deserves a -1 because the documentary goes beyond the array of what is interesting or ethical in film; it's clear within 3 minutes and from Sarah's narrative that the movie was produced by Sarah Palin herself, utilizing fanatics, loyalists, probably former staff and internet trolls to provide the segues, introductions, contrived narrators, hosts and interviewers.
Also, it is difficult to watch because of the revisionist history aspect of the film; since Mrs. Palin is curating every scene she can say whatever she wants, reinventing the past and re-interpreting her questionable actions as as the misunderstood underdog hero that she really is because the film tells us so.
The film would be a great example of something in between media shaping perceptions (hearts&minds) to brainwashing, if it weren't so obvious and so stupid. And also so boring.
The first 3 minutes, however, the media montage of hate and anger directed towards Palin is supposed to make us, the audience, feel sympathetic for her. And it did, for about 1 minute, then as soon as she opened her mouth it was 'oh yeah that's why Bill Maher called her a dumb t*at' It's because stupid people who are succeeding in their run for a very important office are a fungible commodity; we get to say whatever we want because we are scared sh*tless that they will be in control of the currently most inter-active (putting it kindly) country in the world.