The Kingmaker

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Synopsis

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

Cast

  • Andres Bautista
  • Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
  • Imee Marcos
  • Imelda Marcos

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Metacritic

80
Oct 30, 2019

Though Greenfield is too skilled to overplay her intentions, the picture that emerges gains additional power from its clarifying distance. The Kingmaker is required viewing for anyone concerned about the direction of their own democracy.

Metacritic review by Elizabeth Weitzman
Elizabeth Weitzman
TheWrap
80
Sep 14, 2019

An enraging portrait of entitlement, opulence and corruption, The Kingmaker starts as a profile of Imelda Marcos but soon widens its perspective to depict a Philippines in peril.

Metacritic review by Tim Grierson
Tim Grierson
Screen International
70
Sep 14, 2019

An engaging, appalling but inevitably partial portrait of a woman who has navigated through countless political and personal squalls but remains irretrievably drawn to the flame of power.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter