Ben Howe, a contributor at Redstate.com, has penned a review of Stephen Bannon’s film, The Undefeated, which is being released nationwide today (ticket information here). As many of us know, Redstate has not been the most Palin-friendly blog in the conservative sphere. If Howe’s review is any indication, however, that may be about to change. At least for Howe. His review is excellent in that The Undefeated really did change his perceptions of Governor Palin, her accomplishments, and why the media caricature couldn’t be more wrong. This is a perfect example of why it’s necessary for us — every one of us — to encourage as many people as possible to see this film. An excerpt of Howe’s review follows:
The film moves at a breakneck pace while still laying out a level of detail that brings you so close to the events, you feel like you personally experienced them.
Even had the substance not convinced me that I had Mrs. Palin pegged wrong, the film itself would most certainly have scored high for me as my all important test was passed: Did I look at my watch? No I did not.
In short, the execution of this film is excellent.
But what had me and my wife blown away by the time it was over, was the avalanche of information and perspectives that had been hidden from us over the years. As I would like for you to listen to my interview with Steve, I will not get into the substance of what caused the change. I want you to hear it for yourself.
I pride myself on my ability to know when something is baloney, almost instinctively. On Sarah Palin, I was so incredibly hoodwinked that the one word that my wife and I agreed described how we felt after watching it, was shame. Yes of course invigoration, satisfaction and all the other things you experience when watching a good film, but about how we had handled our vetting of Mrs. Palin, shame was the word that best described it.
Shame for not bothering to look up her record. Shame for not reading her story. Shame for turning the channel when she came on the tv. Shame for not listening to people that we had a great deal of respect for like Andrew Breitbart, Tammy Bruce, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
As Breitbart points out in the film, the greatest shame is that while this woman was savaged to degrees you may not even realize yet, some of us sat back and let it happen. For me to buy into the media template and not defend someone who’s only offense was being a conservative, is the absolute antithesis of what I stand for, and something that I shall never allow to happen again.
I urge you to see this film when it hits theaters tomorrow. And I urge you to put aside your preconceptions about who this woman is. You don’t have to think she should be the next president to believe that the way she has been presented, even by conservatives, has been completely wrong.
I urge you to go here and read Howe’s entire piece. It’s excellent. Again the film opens today. Information on how and where to see it can be found here.
(h/t Nicole Coulter)
Update: Josh Painter adds some insight to the Redstate review here.