Second film of the evening: “The Queen of Versailles”

Because I’m not tired enough to sleep yet. Decided to watch something random that Netflix recommended.

The trailer:

Yup, I’m surprised I sat all the way through it too. Sobering up and staying in is oodles of fun, as you can see. Ah well. Beats blowing money that I need to be saving.

So, what can I say about this film? It’s a glimpse into how the other half lives. Wouldn’t want their lives, to be straight up. Or at least I couldn’t see myself blowing money the way they do or on what they do. Looks like major wastefulness to me. The recession didn’t hit them near as hard as it hit plenty of other people, though David and Jackie Siegel didn’t seem to comprehend that.

Looking up follow-up information on the couple and what’s happened to them since, I found out two things. Unfortunately their eldest daughter Victoria died of a drug overdose at age 18 last year. And apparently their economic situation has improved to where they’re continuing to try to finish building on their dream mansion, the largest and most expensive single-family home in the U.S. Oh, and also some random gossip site headline told of how Jackie went on to appear in some celebrity edition of the show Wife Swap.

I don’t know…this type of stuff isn’t really my thing. The film came across as shallow and difficult to relate to. Sorry to hear about the loss of their daughter. Astounded to think they still wish to further sink an ungodly amount of money into that dream house after already learning a lesson about the volatility of the economy at present. Just doesn’t make any sense to me, that lifestyle and all the material focus. And when David claimed to have single-handedly been responsible for getting G. W. Bush into office, admitting that his methods might not have been completely legal, all I could do was shake my head. Then the film goes on to show him and other family members schmoozing with other politicians from both sides of the political divide, including Trump, further demonstrating that it’s all ultimately one and the same and just boils down to money at the end of the day. Not that we needed any more proof.

All in all, I probably would’ve been better off watching something else this evening.

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