Film Review by Kam Williams
How many immortal speeches have been delivered by U.S. presidents and other American icons? Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago” Gettysburg Address, FDR’s “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” Eisenhower’s beware of the “Military-Industrial Complex” farewell address, JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” inaugural address, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” are among the handful which have stood the test of time.
Excellent (4 stars)
Running time: 60 minutes
Distributor: The Smithsonian
The Obama Years will air on the Smithsonian Channel on:
Saturday March 18th @ 8:00 am ET/PT
Tuesday March 21 @ 5:00 PM ET/PT
(Check local listings)
To see a trailer for The Obama Years, visit: http://ow.ly/oPZw309McoO
Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications around the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee and Rotten Tomatoes.
In addition to a BA in Black Studies from Cornell, he has an MA in English from Brown, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD from Boston University. Kam lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and son.