“Barry” reverts into a defensive story of a virtuoso, the tale of how a man turn into a virtuoso of the general population. But we needn’t bother with an impeccable portrayal or vision of virtuoso for President Obama. As Ta-Nehisi Coates brought up as of late on “The Daily Show” with respect to what Obama needed to do to wind up president, he must be “academic, smart, president of Harvard Law Review … the result of some of our most noteworthy instructive foundations.” For a person who needed to accomplish such a great amount through proven mind, making him into an image doesn’t best serve his starting point story.
Not a great deal happens in this non-biopic of President Obama, and that is fine. Adam Mansbach’s script opposes putting Barry on an account mission other than self-disclosure, which concerns him discovering his place, as a youthful dark man, on the planet.