As Barack Obama enters the last days of his presidency, and as the world braces itself for president-elect Donald Trump, we get a new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming film Barry, that takes us back to the moments that shaped the man into who he is today.
The film, directed by Vikram Gandhi, who previously directed the documentary Kumare and gained further recognition as a reporter for VICE, traces Obama back to the days when he was simply Barry.
Newcomer Devon Terrell plays Obama as a misfit youth, unsure about where life is taking him, as he encounters characters in a rapidly changing America, and forms the foundation of his views - on race, government, and what it means to be American. His mixed parentage, and his attempts to break out of his insular world as he enters college are all captured in this trailer, scored to the soulful voice of Anthony Hamilton.
As far as presidential biopics go, Barry is unique. It’s unlike the more reverential Lincoln, the satirical W, and the conspiratorial JFK. It’s a coming-of-age movie that just happens to be about a future president.
It’s interesting to wonder how the film might have played had the elections panned out differently, but now, in this current climate, and especially with the positive buzz it has already generated on the festival circuit, Barry is sure to attract eyeballs when it begins streaming on December 16.
It also stars Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, and up-and-comers Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, and Avi Nash.
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