Monday, May 26, 2008
Going in I was a little skeptical about watching HBO's "Recount", a flick that takes a look back at the mess that was the Al Gore-created Florida recount at the end 2000 Presidential election. I figured there'd be a huge liberal bent to the movie since we all know that there are plenty of left-wing lunatics in and out of Hollywood who still can't get over Bush beating Gore. Yet, to my surprise, for the most part I was wrong. "Recount" is not only a good film for anyone whose into politics, but it actually presents a pretty fair representation of both sides fight to win Florida. I won't give anything away here, but Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary and Tom Wilkinson (who plays James Baker), in particular, give top-notch performances. My only complaints? They made a complete caricature of one significant player in that whole mess (you'll know who that is right away) and they could've done a much better job with the Supreme Court sequences near the end. But I'd still recommend seeing "Recount" when you get a chance, esp. if you've been following the Democratic primaries of late.