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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: This Documentary follows Jimmy Carter on his 2006 book tour to promote his book, “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.”

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Jimmy Carter and a bunch of his groupies. People can’t help but go ga-ga when faced with a former President.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketProceed with Caution. While it is an endearing portrait of the 39th president, and proof of his outstanding diplomacy skills, as well as his ability to stay positive, the story is thin and goes on a bit too long.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: There are a few laughs due to the fact that Carter and his family are so “down home” it almost seems like they’re faking it. And also, other people’s problems are funny.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If by “cry” you mean “think”, then yes. Just as Carter’s book has opened up a discussion about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, so will the movie about him talking about his book.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Only if the Academy thinks that a Nobel Peace Prize isn’t award enough for this guy.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Carter is amazing at acting cool under pressure. This becomes especially clear three-quarters of the way into the movie, when his 30-something publicist clearly starts to tire of the book tour, and Carter in contrast manages to look like he’s just getting started. For a man in his 80s, this guy is tireless!

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The directing seems biased, as the film plays a bit like a love letter to Carter. It achieves its goal in that you do walk out wondering why this president was only elected for one term, but it would be more effective had Jonathan Demme cut about 25 more minutes out of the film, as it currently runs at over 2 hours.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Carter compares how the Palestinians must feel about having their land taken from them, to how he would feel if his land on the Georgia Plains, which has been in his family for generations, were taken away from him. He makes a compelling point, but ultimately it is not sustained through the 2 hrs and 5 minutes that follow. The film delves more into the controversy over using the word “Apartheid” in his book’s title than anything else. Ultimately, much of the movie ends up being about semantics.

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