Curry brings to life what a grounded David vs Goliath fight looks like, maintaining a level of grittiness that not only services Newark’s reputation, but also cements the importance of change. It’s a noble fight until the end, and we get a clear sense of how the game of politics is played, and why.
This was certainly compelling and informative, but it feels like one part of a series that doesn't exist. The film catches James at the tail end of his career and Booker at the beginning of his. However, how does Booker of 2019 match up against Booker of 2002? How does this campaign inform our understanding of Booker's controversial tenure as Mayor? Things kept moving, so this is necessarily only a snapshot.
An eye opening, behind the scenes look at the American political machine. This Newark mayor election serves as a microcosm of the level of dishonesty, hatred and dirty tricks found in the political spectrum of the United States.