When The Fog of War came out, I remember people saying Errol Morris was way too easy on Robert McNamara. But no, I don’t think that’s right. I didn’t then and I still don’t after just rewatching it for the first time in 15 years or so. Nope, Morris is like a Chotiner interview here. How do you handle McNamara? You just let him talk. He’ll hang himself.
I actually do appreciate McNamara’s late life attempt to reckon with his own participation in evil. But he’s so self-centered and self-serving that he’s really unable to do it, either with the autobiography or the film. Great film. Maybe the best ever made on the Vietnam War.