- The Way I See It
- Directed by Dawn Porter
- Classification PG; 100 minutes
If you like a film with zero surprises and a healthy amount of political hagiography, then you might elect for four more years of Dawn Porter’s documentary. Chronicling the career and activism of former White House chief photographer Pete Souza, Porter’s doc plays like half a collection of home movies, half a feather-light tribute to the Obama administration. There is certainly much to celebrate and remember about the former U.S. president’s tenure, but Souza, and Porter, don’t seem much interested in anything approaching nuance.
The result is a strangely apolitical look at the world of high politics, unless you count too-easy Trump bashing as state-of-affairs commentary. While Souza seems a likable and committed fellow, there’s not much to his story that justifies a feature-doc treatment (other than unintentionally highlighting that the guy sure likes to break into tears when recalling his time with POTUS No. 44).
Everything else you could want to know about The Way I See It is revealed during the end credits, which is hilariously soundtracked to an un-ironic cover of Leonard Cohen’s Democracy: “I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean /I love the country but I can’t stand the scene / And I’m neither left or right / I’m just staying home tonight.”
The Way I See It opens in select Canadian theatres Sept. 18
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