In Bed with an Elephant

1986

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IMDb Rating 7.7 10 35

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Reviewed by patrickkory 8 / 10 / 10

Very Informative

Overall I believe the film as a whole was, for lack of a better word, good. It wasn't mind rattling or thought provoking, but it was interesting and provided many facts on American and Canadian relationships going back to John F. Kennedy and working its way up to the 1980's. I thought the organization of the film was structured well, presenting events in chronological order while looking at many aspects while going through time. The premise of the of movie of the beginning, was set up as the relationship that Canada has with the United States. I felt that, for the most part, that idea was carried throughout the whole film and done smartly. However, there seemed to be times where the film turned into a history lesson (which was not a bad thing in my opinion), in order to set up the why and how those events impacted American and Canadian relationships. Thus, it is important to pay attention to the film in order to comprehend the information being told to the fullest.In terms of negatives, I did not think there was anything abundantly wrong with the film. The only critique is that, being and old film, it most certainly has that old 'put you to sleep' style of history videos. Unless you are being attentive, it could be very easy to loose interest. Taking everything into consideration, I would give this film a 8/10. The information presented is interesting and can shed light on some thing that people probably do not know about the United States and Canada. I would recommend this to people who are interested in history or looking to learn more about Canadian American relationships.

Reviewed by rmschlic 6 / 10 / 10

Informational but extremely dull

Even trying to give this film the benefit of the doubt (having been released in 1986 and being solely about politics), I cannot bring myself to give it more than a 6 out of 10. Despite its length of only 60 minutes, it took me several hours to watch this film in its entirety. Simply put, the film is boring. It was very difficult to focus on and I ended up needing to re-watch sections because I found myself zoning out and not paying attention. It isn't that I was trying to find fault with the film, but more that I struggled to find something in the film that would actually engage me.While the narrator is easy to understand (and very clearly Canadian, with that accent!), he speaks in a very monotone voice. He tells little anecdotes about his life as a Canadian citizen during the different political climates that each President-Prime Minister relationship created, and while these stories are clearly meant to give the audience something to relate to, I found them distracting and not at all entertaining.The film explains the relationship between many sets of Presidents and Prime Ministers over the course of many years, and explains how each relationship set the tone for the rest of American and Canadian citizens to follow. There were several instances in which the narrator emphasizes the idea that Americans believe that they will one day absorb Canada, and that Canada is basically America already- this threw me off, because it seemed very anti-Canadian in a film that is obviously made for Canadians. But as the film progresses, this sentiment becomes more and more anti-American, and is portrayed more as a joke- "Well, if Canada doesn't work out, I can always move to America!" I also feel that much of the film was spent talking about the friendly relationships between American and Canadian leaders, with only a quick mention of how antagonistic Reagan and Mulroney were towards each other. I think the film may have been more effective if this antagonism were emphasized and explained more, as it is such a drastic contrast to previous President-Prime Minister relationships- in particular, the close friendship of FDR and King.In spite of my complaints and what I view as the film's shortcomings, I believe it was a very informational piece. I found it difficult to learn from, but I do believe that it is simply a difference in my learning style and the film's delivery of information. For any other individual, I'm sure that this would be a great film to learn from, if a bit on the dull side.

Reviewed by alynch-89711 6 / 10 / 10

Informative Documentary

Overall on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this short film, "In Bed with an Elephant", a 6 out of 10. I will start off by saying that this review may be biased because I believe this short film was made by Canadians for Canadians, which fortunately I am not (only because I cant imagine anywhere that is colder, has more snow, and has more big bearded men saying "eh"). Also, I am probably the most uninformed person when it comes to anything that involves president and prime minister interaction or anything political for that matter. So now that we got that clear, lets jump into this. Starting with the name, "In Bed with an Elephant", is kind of funny and ironic because Canada does in fact, have more square miles than The United States. Wouldn't this make Canada the Elephant in the bed, since it is "bigger"? I do however see how Canada can say that The United States would be the Elephant as they are affected by every twitch and grunt. So now to the details of my review, this short film seemed very crowded with information therefore not making it very enjoyable, and again, that kind of goes back to being made by and for Canadians. With this being said, i did find a couple points kinda interesting because i did not know them before. One of these is that when the first constitution was drawn up, article 11 stated that at any point in time, Canada could just join The United States with no fuss, bother, or questions asked. Another fairly interesting thing i found was that back when the first prime minister came to The United States, he did not come for friendly reasons. I also found it interesting how you can see the hills and valleys between Canada and The United States relationship and how it started off not so good but eventually turned into what it is today.I do think my favorite part about the president and prime minister interactions is that with Kennedy and Diefenbaker and that Kennedy said "I never wanna see that son-of-a-b*tch ever again" because i can clearly imagine him saying that in my head. I know that this is probably a more serious thing and i shouldn't laugh at it, but i felt that with it being well before i was born and the obvious point that we can't change history, i feel that we can have a little laugh every now and then.

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