The year is 1992, or as it is in the United States, a presidential election year. Who will face off against George H. W. Bush? Will it be Bill Clinton or Paul Tsongas?
Of course, we know now that it was Bill Clinton, who eventually went to win the presidency. He, of course, did not do it alone and The War Room (1993) takes us inside the Clinton political campaign and the two men behind it, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos.
Directed by Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, The War Room jumps in to the very beginning of the presidential primaries before the Democratic nominee is selected. The film introduced Carville and Stephanopoulos, two very hardworking men trying to outwit and out-campaign the others. Why? The answer is obvious. To get Clinton elected. Throughout this film, Carville, Stephanopoulos, and the numerous others speak loudly and proudly about their belief in Governor Clinton. They do their best to find a way to win, and this documentary is about them, the people in the war room.
Although quite exciting and fast paced, The War Room is not without faults. Watching this from 2013 and due to its fast pace, this documentary flies through the four or so months causing a bit of confusion, or at least it did for me. The results and certain people were not specified or ignored since, at the time of its release, everyone would have been familiar with it. For example, Gennifer Flowers and Paul Tsongas are not relevant anymore but little is actually said so we must assume everything.
The best political documentary that I’ve seen so far so I strongly recommended.