Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Reviews
There was so much involved in the fall of Eliot Spitzer and that should be the main focus here. The inner workings of the politics that rule our world are both fascinating and disgusting. In the end, it's all about money and power.
Somewhere Frank Underwood is smiling proudly. Well done boys. Well done.
Excellent in depth appraisal of the world of ego, dirty politics, greedy Wall Street and high priced escort services. Pride goeth before the fall.
To my surprise, this documentary sets out to defend Spitzer. It acknowledges that Spitzer made his bed and chose to lie in it, but argues that it was his influential enemies that kicked down the door and brought in the photographers.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney has gotten access to nearly everyone in the drama. He interviews Spitzer extensively, and the Governor is rather candid... to a point. He can't deny anything, of course, but brushes aside the accusations that his approach to the law was like a rabid pit bull. Those accusations come from his enemies, who are also featured in interviews. They are also candid... to a point.
The third party in the affair is the set of call girls and managers of the escort service that the Governor patronized. They're interviewed too... and you do get to learn a few interesting things about the world of the top flight of prostitutes that earn thousands of dollars an hour. Most memorable was the call girl who said that her wealthy clients were so decent and polite that she's given up on dating because the men she meets just can't measure up to the ones she services for a living.
This movie is slick. Lighting and editing are gorgeous - and I expect that Gibney may move on to dramatic features in the future. The visual presentation also serves a thematic purpose. When one of Spitzer's self-proclaimed enemies is photographed relaxing on his Manhattan penthouse balcony, with the NYC skyline in the background - an in fact ALL of his subjects are shown in lush surroundings - the message is that this game of cowboys and indians is being played for high stakes by those with the most sophisticated weapons of power at their disposal.
1. It doesn't offer alot of cold hard facts about the truth behind Spitzer's downfall. It has a lot of circumstancial evidence and hints about what "may" have been a plan but it doesn't amount to much of a conviction. The upsetting part is that we have MANY politicians still in power to this day that have done worse and didn't go through what Spitzer did.
2. The timeline of events seemed to jump around alot. It started out nice with Eliot Spitzer delivering his speech of stepping down as a nice foreshadowing but the constant jumps between the escort segments and him taking down Wall Street tycoons (back and forth) seemed to take away from the overall suspense and can be a little confusing. I even found myself wondering why some scenes weren't used sooner or later too.
It blended a good mix of humor and straight political points too (hot poker anyone??) that get you thinking about how bad of enemies Eliot Spitzer made. It seems, through the movie, that Eliot did what Eliot wanted. As governor, he stepped on alot of toes of the wrong people but did even worse with his time as state Attorney. Good man with good intentions but victim of his own doing....in a sense. Highly recommended!