Sunday, November 22, 2020

Soros Documentary: The Kind of Video They Make You Watch Before You Look at a Time Share

Geroge Soros

 Jordan Hoffman writes in the Times of Israel:

At some point in the last five years I took a deep breath and said “Fine! I’ll look up George Soros on Wikipedia.”

I mean, I had heard of him. He was a zillionaire investor who made a fortune in the stock market, a weird corner of the universe I’ve long accepted I’ll never understand. (Roulette seems a much more honest way to gamble, but not everyone agrees.) Anyway, for some reason this particular zillionaire was one who made people very upset. From the far left, there existed the natural distrust of anyone with so much money, but from the conspiracy-primed right came intimations of a nefarious global puppet-master. Soros was Jewish, so the accusations felt like an old, familiar tune, yet there were others who called him a Nazi collaborator. Something was clearly unusual about this guy.

So, like I said, I hit Wikipedia. And though I only skimmed it, I learned more from that quick glance than I did watching the just-released documentary feature “Soros.”

The film is screening in theaters in select cites and virtual cinemas starting November 20.

Directed by Jesse Dylan (Bob’s son), this portrait of the 90-year-old Hungarian-born billionaire is not, in any way, a “real” film. It feels like one of those videos they make you watch before you look at a time share. It is an 86-minute advertisement for just how great George Soros is, and an intensely boring 86 minutes at that. While some of the Great Man’s offspring do show up to heap praise on Pop, you will not glean a single thing about Soros’s inner life, what makes him tick, or how he actually got all his money. But you will come away, so Dylan hopes, convinced that George Soros is the greatest human being who ever lived, and anyone who says different is a simpleton...

The central problem with “Soros” is a striking lack of focus. There are more than a few montages of “chaos in the world” that have no bearing on whatever it is people are talking about. There’s stock footage of world strife (street fighting, tussles in Asian parliaments, the KKK) as we hear Soros mumble about how it is bad for people to be bad to one another. Later, when summing up his life’s work, there’s different stock footage of nice things. There’s an elephant in India looking happy. Sure, why not?.


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