Mitt Romney, American Dad
Friday, January 13, 2012
As Mitt Romney wraps up his audition to be the Republican nominee, he looks increasingly in control of everything but his image. The problem, according to New York film critic David Edelstein, is that Romney fits the role of President too well. “If you were a casting director and you submitted Mitt Romney, you would be laughed out of the office,” he tells Kurt Andersen. “They would all say he’s ‘too on the nose.’ There’s still part of us that looks at Mitt Romney and says ‘he’s not real.’”
That struggle for authenticity has plagued Romney throughout the race. Pundits like Peggy Noonan compare him to American dads from the 1950s like Ward Cleaver, who “terrorized and comforted a generation of children from non-functioning families.” Others deride Romney as a robotic candidate programmed by his handlers. Edelstein says most classic Hollywood political movies actually start with that very premise. After a meteoric rise, the movie climaxes with a big speech in which the candidate rejects his handlers, "throws away the prepared text, and speaks from the heart for the first time.” So far, Edelstein says, Romney is staying on script.
If Romney does match up against Obama, Edelstein thinks it would make a great movie, but not an election drama. “You really look at Romney and Obama together and you’d want to say, ‘Wait a minute, shouldn’t they be two detectives? Shouldn’t they go out and solve murders together? Why are they debating each other?’ There’s just something about them that’s classically Hollywood.”
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