Personally, I think this could have been A LOT funnier. The notion of Barack turning into “The Rock” in the ultimate celebrity mash-up had promise, but this left me a tad flat. Which is sad, because Dwayne Johnson and Barack Obama actually have a lot in common. Both are half black people, raised in Hawaii with Johnson being half-Polynesian and Barack having Asian/Polynesian friends and relatives. They both have a friendly, laid-back vibe going for them. They’re both charming. And Dwayne is incredibly good looking in an “over-the-top,” borderline ridiculous way. (Barack is also good looking, but in a normal, regular guy way.) But the writing seemed like a massive fail to me, missing on what could have been golden parody manna from heaven.
But I’m not sure yet what I would have done differently with “The Rock.”
How did you see it? Was it a success to you or another case of “SNL? Comedy? U’re doin’ it wrong!”