Netflix has been releasing several of their own original series as of late, so it was only a matter of time before they started releasing films of their own. Though this is not the first film of theirs, nor the first documentary, for that matter, it could be argued that this is the first important feature that they have released so far. Not for its politics (which there are undoubtedly quite a few), but rather for its humanity and its professional restraint. It never becomes political propaganda geared at making those who did not vote for Governor Mitt Romney regret their choice. It doesn't spend the entire running time rubbing his loss in the faces of his supporters. It simply focuses on the man, his family, and his dream to become the President of the United States.
Director Greg (New York Doll, Resolved) Whitely adds a third documentary to his resume and continues to build himself an interesting career in presenting stories, rather than hidden agendas. To say that this film has no slant or skew would be a lie, but for the most part, it is what it is. The tagline says it best: "Whatever side you're on, see another side." And it's rare in a documentary, especially one inspired by politics in today's heavily-opinionated culture, to see such a candid and honest approach to a man who may have seemed larger-than-life to some or downright villainous to others. We get access to a man who was somewhat shrouded in mystery or just nothing more than a comical caricature to the general public. He had those who loved him, he had those who wanted him to disappear, and he had those who simply wished he would have went about his campaign in a different manner. But no matter your side, you had an opinion.
Focusing on the Romney family and their beloved patriarch, Mitt shows unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage from his 2012 presidential bid. It focuses on issues, yes, but mostly on his everyday life and motivation. It is interesting to see the film and then immediately read the comments section below the film. Netflix has done a great job of letting their viewers watch completely through, skip around to various parts, or altogether pass over any and all of their films. It unfortunately also allows anyone to leave a "recommendation" based on their various methods of viewing. So take what you read for what it's worth. One person's opinion. But it is those very opinions that range from "Full disclosure: I did not vote for Romney. Having said that, I must honestly say that, after having seen this film, Mitt Romney did not appear to be the caricature that my worst impulses would have preferred him to be." to "I also appreciated the way that his political views were hardly mentioned in the film other than the occasional conversations with his family. I did not vote for Mitt, but I have a new-found respect for him and his family to show such a vulnerable side to his presidential race." It's just nice to remember that at the end of the day, no matter your political ties or affiliations, these men and women really are just human beings trying to do their best. There need to be more documentaries like this one.