Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)
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Nick Broomfield's quest for the real Sarah Palin.A journey across the icy snows of Alaska in mid winter, to meet the school friends, family, and Republican colleagues that in previous days gave their heart, and souls to the charismatic, charming, intoxicating ex hockey mum. But it's not all plain sailing. People are frightened to talk, Wasilla makes Twin Peaks look like a walk in the park. It's a devout evangelical community - 76 churches with a population of only 6 thousand, and the Crystal
Sep 30, 2011 Limited
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We don't learn anything really new about Palin's politics or her personality, save for a few details that don't shed much light on her thinking (or lack thereof).
It feels warmed over, devoid of urgency and, in spite of Mr. Broomfield's on-camera displays of doggedness, lacking in curiosity.
It's severely hampered by a Palin-ordained lack of interview access and ultimately fails to get to grips with its subject.
Broomfield goes at the subject with his customary dogged stoicism, which is never less than good fun, but this is one Columbo episode where the culprit barely needed help being brought to task.
UK filmmaker Nick Broomfield penetrates Palin's in absentia bubbly facade to uncover the right wing evangelical politician's connections to the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch, the Tea Party and intimations of the Antichrist.
A hatchet job or an accurate portrait of a Machiavellian manipulator? That's apt to depend on whether you lean to the left or to the right.
Not a hatchet job. . .but adds so little insight by talking mostly to her enemies that a viewer almost becomes sympathetic about what she has to put up with. Almost.
Sometimes amusing but too familiar - from yesterday's facts to a Michael Moore-ish structure - the doc does create a convincing portrait of Palin as the ultimate Mean Girl.
Broomfield's eye-opening doc re-treads a lot of known ground about Palin, but also drags out into the full light of day the danger of her particular brand of sad, self-centered, desperate paranoia.
Anyone sympathetic to the message will find their beliefs reinforced rather than expanded
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