Filmmaker Greg Whiteley (Resolved, New York Doll) probably thought he had it in the bag. Mitt Romney gave him exclusive access for six years to chronicle the Salt Lake Olympic savior's quest to do the same for America. Documentary prizes out the wazoo!
You do remember Mitt Romney, don't you? He was the GOP nominee for presidnet in 2012. (Hint: In the film, Romney refers to himself as the "The flippin' Mormon.")
You also might remember that Romney sunk without a trace—except for the late-night jokes about his cyborgic demeanor. His own party blamed him for the humiliating defeat that forced a reexamination of GOP values. (Even that didn't go far.)
I can't imagine many people—even Mitt's supporters—sitting through a flim about his presidential implosion. The high point of the film—judging from the trailer—is Mitt ironing his tuxedo cuffs.
Yes, even the trailer is excruciatingly boring—except when Mitt says something like, "When someone loses as their party's nominee for president, you're a loser for life." Or a son comforting Mitt: "The nation may think you're a laughing stock, but we know better."
Then, MITT is excruciatingly sad. (Below is a screen shot of the moment on election night when Mitt realizes he can't win.)
Maybe that's what Whiteley's publicists are promising when they say the film explores the "other side" of Mitt Romney.
MITT will be screened at the Salt Lake City Gala during the Sundance Film Festival.