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The Way I See It

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Hopeful, lovely docu on former White House shutterbug.

Movie PG-13 2020 100 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great

Shows the difference of the character,humility, intelligence, empathy of the previous occupants of the White House and the Criminals that occupy it now.

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It feels a bit thin and politically lopsided, but this film is still very much worth seeing for several reasons: its amazing photographs, Souza's humility, and its positive, hopeful vision. Directed by Dawn Porter, who also gave us the essential John Lewis: Good Trouble, The Way I See It certainly could have gone deeper. It's clearly partisan and likely not a timeless work; Souza -- and several other interviewees -- talk as often, or more often, about their opposition to Trump than about anything personal in Souza's life. His portraits of Reagan and Obama behaving in ways that are presented as presidential and professional are used to sharply contrast Trump's more haphazard, deceptive way of governing.

But what the movie lacks in personal details, it makes up for in Souza's up-front candidness. In talking about his life and his good fortune, he frequently chokes up and gets teary-eyed. A sequence in which Obama badgers Souza into marrying his longtime girlfriend will prompt huge smiles and require a few hankies. Souza wears his heart on his sleeve, and his deep love and respect for Obama and the office of the president come out clearly, just like his fury about Trump's behavior while in office. As a huge coffee-table book in motion, The Way I See It beautifully showcases Souza's best photos as he explains their origins. Their depictions of kindness, intelligence, and empathy offer hope that the White House could be like that again one day.

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