Staunch critics of My Son Hunter claim that this film is nothing more than alt-right propaganda. They’re absolutely right. If you believe Webster’s dictionary, propaganda is “the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person.” There’s no doubt that this film is a political hit piece on President Biden and his administration with the express purpose of influencing the next election.
I get how this story was pieced together. Davi and writers Brian Godawa and Phelim McAleer were frustrated with how the media has either covered-up or suppressed stories surrounding Hunter’s foreign business deals, the potentially Presidential-ending contents of his laptop, its damning email from his father, and leaked videos of Hunter’s playboy lifestyle. They then piece together a narrative assuming conspiracies and wrongdoing, and voila.
“I don’t mind politics in my movie.”
Like McKay’s Vice, my issue with My Son Hunter is that it’s a biased story with zero nuance or fair presentation of the other side. As satire goes, I’ve found that humor based on hate and anger is rarely funny, and this is rarely funny. The biased take on its subject matter means that there is only one audience for this film, and that’s frustrated conservatives. It does nothing more than “preach to the choir” and “poke the bear” by bringing up points meant to inflame the opposition’s anger.
Let’s be fair. Vice did exactly the same thing. The quality of either film is irrelevant. Liking or not liking this film has everything to do with your political leanings. I don’t mind politics in my movie. What I’m looking for is some idea that the filmmakers have either some empathy for the other side or, better yet, a clever way to present their position with something other than a sharp stick.
My Son Hunter is simply another political salvo targeting the Progressive Left. In response, the Left will melt down and invest millions in My Son Don Jr. or the definitive January 6th insurrection thriller. For those of us in the middle, it’s best to keep your head down until the next shot is fired.
"…staunch critics of My Son Hunter claim that this film is nothing more than alt-right propaganda. They're absolutely right."