Whether or not you like US President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America will forever go down in history as the first black President of that country and it is for this reason that even as he is on the cusp of ending his mandate as President, a lot of interest still persists about his life.
Netflix’s Barry is the latest film prodding into the formative years of the President and seeking to give the public a glimpse into all the many factors that shaped him into the person he is today.
Netflix’s Barry is the second film produced this year about Obama’s formative years. Earlier in the year, the movie “Southside With You” came out, reimagining the President’s first date with his then future wife and US first lady Michelle Obama.
With Netflix’s Barry, the producers plunge into Obama’s time as a student at Columbia University. The biopic garnered a lot of positive reviews when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and critics have described it as a moving story about race and identity in America.
Netflix released the first full-length trailer for Barry on Monday and in one of the opening cuts, a man says to the young Barack Obama; “You a whole different type of brother, You do realize that, right?”
According to Netflix, Barry will explore “a pivotal year in the life of the future 44th President of the United States, during which he developed the foundations for his views on race, government, and what it means to be American.”
Obama has already inspired two mostly positive films looking at his formative years which probably tells a lot about how Hollywood perceives the President if not what they think of his legacy.
More traditional biopics centering around his time in office will most likely come out later on. Thankfully, President Obama has helped future screenwriters out by writing two memoirs, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, which will provide a well of inspiration for future films that may need to take a glimpse at how the President got to where he is.
President Barack Obama looks set to be America’s most cinematic President, and it will be interesting to see what Hollywood makes of his legacy further down the line as he gets ready to step aside for president-elect Donald Trump.