Sunday, December 15, 2019

Long Shot

Movie Name: Long Shot
Year of Release: 2019
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, Alexander Skarsgard, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, Randall Park, Ravi Patel, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Tristan D. Lalla, Aladeen Tawfeek
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4
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Synopsis and Review:
Following the Amy Schumer vehicle, "Snatched", director Jonathan Levine is back, re-teaming with his lead actor from "50/50", actor/producer Seth Rogen. The film focuses on the story of Fred Flarsky, a journalist who resigns when faced with a situation where the publication he's working for, gets bought by a large conglomerate that goes against everything he stands for. While on a party, he is accidentally reunited with Charlotte Field, who was his nanny growing up, and is now Secretary of State. She's planning her move to announce her candidacy to the Presidency, but needs someone to write speeches. These speeches should be more in tune with the average voter, and also give a more approachable side to her persona, something she believes Fred can do. He reluctantly accepts the job, and embarks on a tour with Charlotte across the globe, since she's sponsoring a global Pro-Environment Program, which she hopes to get sponsors across the world. During this tour the two get closer, though they have very distinct personalities, something Charlotte's Press secretary/assistant brings to her attention, constantly.
"Long Shot" is a typical romantic comedy, without much novelty to it, filled with some physical pratfalls (inducing shock and simultaneously calling out how much that character is prone to accidents, therefore stating that the character is both funny and clownish), and the Yin and Yang type of personalities, who eventually fall in love. These character journeys are of course, immediately identifiable, particularly since the more "adult" and uptight character, again learns to mellow out due to the presence of the love interest, who is more in touch with "reality" and "spontaneity". The typical lead roles of the romantic comedy are somewhat reversed, but in essence the film is very formulaic and sticks to the proceedings. Where this film manages to create something quite different, is in the casting of Charlize Theron, who simultaneously conveys ambition, but also a beating heart and eventually the development of a stronger ethical political conscience. She's the true differentiator for a film that otherwise, is rather forgettable, though it inserts a series of topical hot buttons trending in society right now, such as environment awareness and female rights/discrimination. Aside from some moments, this is a forgettable endeavor.