Jennifer M. Kroot
To Be Takei (NR)
Documentary 93 min. August 22, 2014
The forced internment of American citizens because (as Takei puts it) they happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor is one of the darker chapters in our history. The archival footage of Japanese-Americans being rounded up and placed in the camps is easily some of the least familiar images of American life during World War II. But even with this darkness, To Be Takei is never less than joyful -- much like the man himself, who went on to a storied acting career at a time when Asian people were rarely seen on American screens. Finally, we've all viewed countless weddings, and by this point footage of dozens if not hundreds of same-sex marriages. But if witnessing Takei and his husband exchanging vows doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you're either heartless, or you're William Shatner.