I never thought I would purposefully go watch a movie called Weiner. Don’t let the name mislead you, it’s a documentary about a person. I heard about this on a few podcasts and I decided I would take advantage of being in a place that had it in a theater. I thought it was a really well made documentary that had an interesting story. I give Weiner (stifling a childish laugh) the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
The true story of Anthony Weiner
The documentary follows disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner as he attempts to win the mayorship of New York City.
I didn’t know anything about Anthony Weiner before the documentary. He was essentially forced to resign from Congress after he tweeted an inappropriate picture. A picture of his wiener still in his boxers. He then did what politicians do best. He lied about it. After resigning, two years passed before he decided to run for mayor of NYC.
That’s when Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg began filming at the apparent request of Weiner. The story gets more interesting as things look good only for Weiner to wreck his own campaign. He didn’t follow the adage about forgetting the past and being doomed to repeat it. The documentary continues and creates some of the most uncomfortable moments captured on film.
Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner have a troubled relationship
His wife, Huma Abedin, who has worked closely with Hillary Clinton for years is seen by Weiner’s side. It’s hard to tell if their marriage is about love or power. However, it doesn’t make the tension between them any less palpable. I’m not sure what is more disgusting though. Weiner’s stupidity and behavior or the media’s.
It seems that Weiner was a good politician. At the very least, he was really passionate about what he was doing. However, the media was relentless on the scandal and villainized him. The documentary does a good job of capturing all of these events.
There were some odd moments where shots went out of focus. They seemed like technical errors that shouldn’t have been. There are exceptions to that in some cases, but some are still shots that lose focus. Overall, I was very interested in the story and thought it was a well made documentary.