Listed as the fourth worst movie of all time on Metacritic, I had no hope going in that "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" would be a good film. Regardless, I laughed hysterically at the poor cinematic qualities of one of D'Souza's other films, "2016: Obama's America", so I hoped that this would be one of those so-bad-it's-funny movies. To me, it was.
I am going to try to focus less on the political aspects of this film and more on its cinematic aspects. Despite this, from a documentary aspect, it is hard to ignore the fact that this film is extremely one-sided and biased. Regardless of political opinions, this is obvious.
The film was very shoddily put together. It was a mash-up of interviews, reenactments of D'Souza's experiences, historical reenactments, and an extremely cheesy segment featuring an orchestra and visual effects. The reenactments of D'Souza's life are presented as if they were shot in the moment, but that is obviously impossible. Logic states that it would be impossible for D'Souza to bring a film crew into these places, such as a community confinement center or an employees only area of a Democratic museum with no one noticing. Also, the acting in these reenactments seems really unnatural and gives away that it is a reenactment even more. The historical reenactments are also bad, with bad acting, with the segments feeling exaggerated in order to incite a reaction. The cheesiest part was the introduction/conclusion, which featured a pianist/narrator, a young girl singing the national anthem (along with an orchestra and choir), manipulated animations, and a dancing donkey puppet. The goal of this seemed to be to have the audience associate patriotism with anti-Democratic ideals, hindering the viewer's ability to make their own decision based on the information.
Despite obvious flaws in filmmaking, one could say that it is potentially one of the most precisely crafted films of the year. Every scene is finely put together to try to infuriate the audience, which is exactly the point that the film is trying to make. While people who are analyzing it for its cinematic flaws, like me, will find it to be a badly made documentary, general viewers who choose to ignore this may find it to incite anger.
So overall, I did get a few laughs out of "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party". Its obvious bias, filmmaking flaws, and desperateness to incite a reaction from the audience amused me. It's a bad documentary, regardless of political opinion, but it was enjoyable to watch.
Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Big Tuna's Rating: D+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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