As off-putting as the commercials for this movie might be, the actual film is a delight.
Parker Sawyers delivers a wonderful and at time uncanny performance of our future president and in many ways I'd love to see him continue the roll in further chapters of the President's life.
Tika Sumpter as Michelle is a little less convincing though. Her performance seems to rely too heavily on trying to impersonate the First Lady rather than ever falling into natural speaking…
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.