Note to self: Charlize Theron is the pinnacle of amazingness.
Directed by Jonathan
Levine (50/50, The Night Before), Long Shot stars Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., June
Diane Raphael, Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk and Andy Serkis.
After a long-time reunion, Secretary of State Charlotte Field brings aboard journalist Fred Flarsky to write speeches for her. Eventually, their closeness sends sparks between them, leaving Field unsure whether a relationship with the oddball will help her with her upcoming run for Presidency.
I know what you’re thinking, “A political comedy? Eh. I
think I’ll pass.”
Long Shot is more
than just politics. It stays away from the easy SNL Trump jokes or Republican versus
Democrats. It takes the time to focus on characters and relationship issues set
in a political world, rather than the intricacies of the world itself.
As layered as it is, Long
Shot centers its hilarious antics and statements about honesty and love around
Rogen’s Flarsky and Theron’s Field.
The lead couple’s chemistry will break or make a romantic
comedy. Fortunately, my initial thought about how random this pairing is removes
itself. They are both lively and take acting risks.
We’ve seen Rogen in more subdued roles in films such as Steve Jobs, 50/50 and Take This Waltz. It’s a
nice jump from straight up, stoner and gross-out comedy, and Long Shot firmly marks Rogen’s status as
a goofy dude to a goofy dude who can really act. Hell, he and Theron hit their
targets when it comes to seamlessly acting in endearing and serious scenes to
profanity and drug-filled scenes.
Even Theron, an Academy Award winner, breaks her serious
actress stereotype as a powerful political figure that learns more about
herself, including a more generous attitude toward a certain little rave pill. Theron
There’s a touching moment between Flarsky and his best
friend, played by Jackson Jr., where the filmmakers decided to not shy away
from being political. However, Long Shot
knows that swaying on a certain side won’t win over anyone.
The two characters point out the flaw in being both
Republican and Democrat in today’s climate; it shows how there’s knowledge in
listening to each other and being open.
Politics is a tricky topic to juggle in movies, or any multimedia
project. While I do think there are some Democratic Hollywood touches in the
script. The message is clear, and not at all what Long Shot wants to get across in the first place.
Long Shot is primarily
a romantic comedy, just set in a political world.
Director Jonathan Levine molds a classic, underdog romance
to its highest worth. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
The third acts plays out like an overused sequence of scenes
that I’ve seen way too many times. From the ‘all is lost’ moment to the end
credits, Long Shot doesn’t seem to take
the risks it took in the first two acts.
But this is a feel-good comedy. What do you expect?
After getting to know these characters like my best friends,
I wanted to them to get together by the end.
If they do or don’t get together, the unveiling by the end
is satisfactory and I’d recommend this solid comedy. Long Shot bears its fruits for the romantics in this world, and
those who have already seen Avengers: Endgame
more than five times. Watch something else for a change.