Does interviewing a fascinating subject on film always result in a fascinating documentary? I'd say Fog of War proves this isn't true.
Several times I could believe the brashness, arrogance, and unaffected demeanor of Mr. McNamara as he spoke casually about committing war crimes, burning 100,000 Japanese civilians in a single night, and the total botching of the Vietnam War which led to hundreds of thousands of American casualtities.
But then just as quickly he would be vulnerable and demure. It was like that tough exterior was sheltering a soft and reflective center.
At the same time, I found Morris' use of stock footage dull, obvious, and uninspired. To fill time and present a veneer of importance Morris overly employed…