Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To Be Takei (2014)

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot. 94 min. Documentary.

George Takei's life has three prominent aspects: his role as Sulu on Star Trek, his childhood internment in an Arkansas camp during WWII, and his gay activism. Mostly people know him for the first, and I was interested in the second; to understand how he overcame the bitterness for his own country, and become such a positive figure. Well, the film is almost entirely about his gay activism. Not only that, it appoints a significant portion to his partner, who doesn't seem like a very pleasant guy, or at least isn't too bankable for artistic purposes. Somewhat prejudiced and disappointing.

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