FEBRUARY 20, 2014

MITT (2014)

For a documentary about a political figure and one running for President of the United States, no less, MITT is a remarkably non-political film. Granted, it’s an intimate portrait of Mitt Romney without all the high gloss that was on public display during both the 2008 and 2012 elections, but it’s more about Mitt the man, than Mitt the politician. 

The film begins in 2006 with him making the decision to pursue the presidency discussing the pros and cons of what it would mean to him and his family. Based on the footage, family is of outmost importance to him. It becomes abundantly clear that his children and extended family are a large part of his inner circle. 

When it becomes apparent that he will lose the 2008 Republican nomination to John McCain, he takes it in stride suggesting that he will no longer seek the highest office in the land. But then the film skips ahead 4 years and he is once again in the thick of it with no real explanation given. 

We then follow him until he is once again defeated in his bid for the White House and potentially the end of his political career. 

I will be upfront that I voted for Obama in both elections and was not a big fan of Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that MITT endeared me to him in ways I wasn’t expecting. 

The film truly humanizes him and his family to the point where I almost started rooting for him to succeed (I said almost) even though I don’t agree with his politics. But that’s the rub, the film doesn’t truly explore his political agenda, so the viewer is only getting the story of a man who worked hard and fought hard to go the distance. It’s almost impossible not to root for a character like that especially when he comes across as genuine and passionate. 

MITT is worth watching if you’re interested to take a peek behind the scenes of a Presidential bid, but it’s just a peek. I was hoping for something a tad more revealing in regards to the dichotomy between the man in public and the man in private.