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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Running with Arnold

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger, which takes you from his humble roots as an under-educated Austrian boy, through his rise to fame, fortune, and power.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Alec Baldwin narrates. Playing themselves are: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Gray Davis, Maria Shriver, Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Presidents Bush I & II, Kenneth Lay, Nixon, Reagan, Rob Schneider, Warren Beatty, and too many more to mention.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. To be honest, you won't have a choice. It's only playing in one theater, in one city, for one more day.* The good news is it's being distributed on Netflix starting this week, and it will probably play better on your TV, anyway. It is well worth the watch if you have any interest whatsoever in learning about Arnold as a body builder, an actor, or a politician. This movie gets to the bottom of why Arnold is so compelled to always push himself further... but it doesn't really get to the bottom of why Californians are so compelled to always vote for him.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Arnold is a funny guy... I don't think I mean that in a good way.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If you haven't yet given up on the democratic process, this movie will continue to crush your spirit.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Not if nobody knows it exists.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Even after reading Alec Baldwin's name in the opening credits, I forgot it was him narrating, while watching the film. It could have been anybody. I'm not sure he gave this one his all. In contrast, this may be Arnold's best performance ever. It's almost like he was born to play the role. If he does ever go back to acting, I hope producers will remember how good he is at playing a total douche.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The film starts well, presenting a thesis and following it through chronologically, but the ending is abrupt and inconclusive in some ways. After a strong argument, the film ends with a fizzle. Still, the beginning and middle are memorable and informative.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Arnold as a character study is larger than life. He's almost like a fictional prototype of the narcissistic, power hungry man who will stop at nothing to win... I only say 'almost' because he's not fictional.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: *It's playing in L.A. at the Laemelle Sunset 5, on Thursday, January 17th.

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