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OUR BRAND IS CRISIS~ REVIEW

STARRING: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, and Joaquim de Almeida

RATED: R    RUNNING TIME: 1hr 47min.

 

 

Sandra Bullock plays (Calamity) Jane. A tough, pull no punches, political campaign advisor or some might say “fixer”. She’s been in hiding for a few years. Giving up politics after it almost destroys her. She’s lured back in to face her nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) in a Bolivian Presidential Campaign.

Before watching this film I read quite a few reviews. The majority of them said the movie was confusing and hard to follow. Some said it was choppy and didn’t flow. Maybe I watched something different.

At first Jane doesn’t care about the campaign or the people, until the man she hates enters the picture. Pat Candy is what you would expect. Slimy, smooth, and a con man. He knows Jane well and how to push her buttons. It still takes Calamity Jane some time to come around. It isn’t until she starts to spend time with the locals and her candidate that she starts to fight. Unfortunately she backslides to her old ways of drinking, smoking, and manic behavior much to her rival’s delight. The chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton is unsettling in a good way. I wasn’t lost or confused at all when it came to where this movie was going.

The game of politics is an illusion. The voting public will believe whatever optical illusion or fictional promises told to them because they need that feeling of hope at the time.

I find it commendable that the movie tries to show what happens when a person slowly comes to a self-realization and wants to take accountability for their own part in things.

Although it wasn’t thought to be Award worthy by most I thought it certainly could’ve given Mad Max a run for it’s money.

 

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Ricky and The Flash

I just watched this movie on Amazon and though it won’t win any awards found it enjoyable for a few reasons.

The chemistry between Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield is undeniable. They work incredibly well together. I would like to see them collaborate on something else. I didn’t realize Rick Springfield was so good. His life story is an interesting one also.

Mr. Springfield has had to deal with depression and other issues in his life that I’m sure most of the public is not aware of. It is these struggles that make his work so genius in a subtle way.

Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep. There isn’t much you can say about her that is negative. She’s naturally talented. Born with a gift to make you laugh or cry.

The script could have used some tweaking. It was lacking some depth and felt a little rushed. They could’ve done more with it. It was still entertaining just not the caliber of work I’m used to with Ms. Streep.

The music is enjoyable and it’s fun to watch the both of them on stage. I forget how much I love Rick Springfield and now want to listen to “Jessie’s Girl” 20 times in a row. All in all I’d give it a 3 ***.


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