Apropos of nothing political…

We saw Saving Mr. Banks yesterday.  What an unlikable movie it was. 

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are terrific actors.  But:

– Hanks played Walt Disney as an impossibly wussy doormat, perfectly willing to put up with every possible insult.  I find it extremely hard to believe that someone who scratched and clawed his way to the top of the heap in Hollywood would comport himself  that way.

-Thompson played P. J. Travers (who wrote the Mary Poppins books) – a character so completely distasteful in every way that it doesn\’t matter whether her triumphant obnoxiousness was true to life or not (from what I\’ve read, it probably was, too.  If she ever acted that way to Mary Poppins, Ms. Poppins might have been compelled to use that umbrella she carried on Travers in a decidedly less than ladylike way).

Ok, enough about unlikable movies.  Back to politics…where triumphant obnoxiousness is not a problem, it is an asset.  And unlikability, in the right hands, can propel some people to be US Senators and Secretaries of State (two recent examples come to mind.).

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