Sarah Palin's movie was released this past weekend. Here's a review: “The movie may tempt even the most ardent conservatives to emulate their idol’s tenure as governor and walk out halfway through. ” Yep its a Yawner and a waste of 2 hours you will never get back.
Stephen K. Bannon's The Undefeated is a worshipful, no-warts biopic of Sarah Palin, a former Miss Wasilla who could be the next President of the United States — if she only had the time. She certainly has the star quality: she could be a sing-song showgirl playing a hip Sunday-school matron, winking at the class behind her granny glasses and making some of the older students hot for teacher.
The weirdest thing about Palin, and there are so many to choose from, is her ability to summon polar-opposite reactions, as if her fans were in Alaska and her defilers in Antarctica. The anti-Sarahs see her as both oddly comic and mythically frightening — a mix of Tina Fey and Morgan le Fay. And the pro-Sarahs: well, besides the right's tendency to love everything the left hates, they have found their rifle-totin' crusader, their Annie Oakley as Joan of Arc.
The latter is the view that dedicated Palintologist Bannon has brought to The Undefeated. The title is a neck swiveler, for, as some will recall, Palin's one run for national office ended in defeat. But Bannon, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker whose doc on the financial crisis, Generation Zero, managed to blame liberal policies and not Goldman Sachs, doesn't truck in delicate ironies or political ambiguities. In this endless (1 hr. 57 min.) Sarah paean — which uses Palin's voice from her audio book Going Rogue plus backup from a dozen or so supporters — Bannon applies so much idolatrous airbrushing to his portrait of the divine Sarah that the movie might be called Going Rouge. But he's canny in identifying the 2½-year governor of Alaska as both a faultless heroine and, even better, a victim of the omnipotent American left. This pair of Sarahs is meant to rally the faithful against a despised if imaginary enemy, just as George W. Bush marshaled a fearful America against Saddam Hussein
Well, in Orange City California, the midnight release only had 3 ticket holders.
Even Rotten Tomatoes can't give it a rating. Can you go below 0%?
Film critic Robert Abele says the movie "is really a troop-rallying campaign infomercial as imagined by Michael Bay: hero-worshipping, crescendo-edited at a dizzying pace, thunderously repetitive and its own worst enemy as a two-hour, talking-points briefing."
The Orlando Sentinel's Roger Moore says, "It’s an infomercial of almost comical omissions. Here’s what ISN’T in 'The Undefeated' — Palin’s many gaffes on the campaign trail in 2008, gaffes which continue today, her deer in the headlights moments during debates, her disastrous Katie Couric interview and her cash-in-quick reality TV soap opera family. The movie skims over the reasons she quit her governor’s job just as the going got really tough and glosses over the flood of ethics complaints that dogged her. There is no 'Bridge to Nowhere.' You leave out that stuff and it casts doubt on what you’ve chosen to include and how you may have slanted her Alaskan record," Moore wrote in a review on which he awards the film 1.5 stars out of 4.
Its a sad movie about an even sadder human being.