Get ready for the Sarah Palin documentary

Opinion Zone,Christian Tappe

The documentary about Sarah Palin, The Undefeated, is about to drop. And whoa boy, hold on to your hats.

It’s a story about a little old tundra girl who had big dreams, and finally reached those dreams through grit, determination, and shiny teeth, gosh darnit.

AMC has picked up distribution for the film, and so it will get a wide, national release. Good for them. But such a wide release will just serve to shine the spotlight even more brightly on Palin's lack of substance.

Glenn Brackett Evans, of the film’s production company Victory Film Group, said (via the film's press release), "the film plays with all the drama of a Rocky picture, only with a woman as the central figure and with politics instead of boxing.” So…it’s not like Rocky?

Nevermind that the title itself, The Undefeated, is less than accurate, considering she was, um, defeated in the ’08 election as John McCain’s running mate, and then quit as Alaskan governor. So that’s a KO and a TKO right there. See! It is like Rocky!

Perhaps, however, I’m being a bit harsh. Maybe this movie will actually touch some people and change some hearts and minds. Perhaps, but not likely. Especially when the first three “stars” listed after Palin are Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce, and Andrew Breitbart. This feels like a hot-air filled movie designed to build and strenghten a cult of personality.

Then there’s this, from director Stephen K. Bannon (via the press release): “We are extremely excited about the initial reception of The Undefeated. We knew we had a great story to tell about a true American hero.”

Really? An American hero? Like Rambo? Sorry, I’m confusing my Sylvester Stallone movies.

I hope that this documentary doesn’t get a free pass from the Right if Palin actually does run for president. It’s just the sort of fluff-filled self-promotion that we (rightfully) panned Obama for in the last election when Audacity of Hope and DreamsFrom My Father were rolled out.

With her FOX News post, her One Nation bus tour, and now this documentary, Palin is self-styling her very own cult of personality. We take President Obama to task for the very same thing, we shouldn’t let Palin slide. She needs to earn it, and not just because she tells us she’s earned it on various screens, big or small.

Who knows, maybe it will be well done, focusing on important issues and offering solutions, but it doesn’t look that way. Per the press release, The Undefeated “chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence.”

Sounds like more style, still without a hint of substance.


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