Origin stories are still en vogue these days despite both the general tiredness of the genre and there being fewer and fewer heroic subjects whose pasts-as-prologue we haven’t seen retold in dramatic fashion.
So while we are all intimately acquainted by this point with how Bruce Wayne became the Dark Knight (seriously, if I have to see that ‘pearls-falling-on-pavement while gunshots ring out and the Waynes get murdered’ scene one more time, I will officially abandon any and all caped crusaders), you might be less familiar with the backstory of America’s first black president, Barack Obama.
And given the new president about to take up in the Oval (and no doubt gild it beyond all recognition), now might be a great time watch the origin story of ‘Barry’ before he became President Barack Obama.
A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates.Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.
Watch the trailer below and check out the film which starts streaming on December 16.