November 27, 2007

So Goes the Nation


Reviewer: Henry Leineweber
Rating (out of 5): **½

So Goes the Nation takes a look at the grassroots mobilization of voters during the hotly contested 2004 Presidential election. Documentary filmmakers Adam Del Deo and James Stern (who's had a more successful career as a producer) follow rival bands of political volunteers for the Kerry and Bush Ohio campaigns, in an examination interspersed with interviews with more well-known national political and media figures.

Although the film is an interesting look at the campaign strategy of the 2004 election, sadly it also already feels a little dated as we gear up for the next Presidential race. Folks that are interested in politics will regard much of the subject material as old news and other viewers might be turned off by the wonk-ish nature of a film that examines the nuts and bolts of campaign strategy.

But for newcomers to the political scene, So Goes the Nation provides a worthy refresher course on the 2004 election. The director commentary provides some added insight into the making of the documentary and more background on the personalities interviewed.

Overall So Goes the Nation is a solid, admirably fair-minded film, but most people will probably be more interested in 2008, than 2004.

See also: Unprecedented: 2000 Election ; Bush's Brain

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Posted by cphillips at November 27, 2007 12:13 PM