‘Hillary’ Review: Hillary Clinton’s Hulu Documentary Pursues a Definitive Take on the Divisive Figure

‘Hillary’ Review: Hillary Clinton’s Hulu Documentary Pursues a Definitive Take on the Divisive Figure
“Hillary” has one helluva title sequence. Set to The Interrupter’s 2014 banger “Take Back the Power,” the hard-and-fast intro flashes photo after photo of Hillary Clinton’s face, pausing on the smiling Illinois toddler before flying into her fight for women’s rights at Wellesley College, her time in the Senate, years as First Lady, half-decade as U.S. Secretary of State, all the way through to today.

For a biographical documentary, this kind of rapid encapsulation may seem rather simplistic, even trite. But what makes the sequence so watchable, time and time again, is that Clinton’s eyes never move. The montage’s unchanging focal point is aesthetically absorbing, sure, but it also serves as the window into director Nanette Burstein’s wider argument: Much of what’s kept Hillary Clinton from her purpose in life is beyond her control.

That contention by itself is sure to inspire debate — because,
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