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The 2015 fictional version vs. the 2005 documentary: and the winner is ...
"Our Brand Is Crisis" (2015 release; 107 min.) brings the story of "Calamity" Jane Bodine (played by Sandra Bullock). As the movie opens, Jane is discussed by a couple of campaigners who are driving up North to meet her, and we learn that Jane has been away from politics for 6 years and lost the previous four campaigns she was involved in. Yet they are desperate enough to convince her to come aboard. The candidate? A Senator in Bolivia who is down by 28 points. On top of that, the leader in the polls has hired how own US campaign consultant (played by Billy Bob Thornton). At this point we're 15 minute into the movie, but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments, as noted in the movie's opening credits, the movie is "suggested by the documentary by Rachel Boynton" (from 2005). The movie is directed by David Gordon Green, best known fir "Joe" and "Pineapple Express". While the 2005 documentary was a riveting look at how American-style politics might (or might not) work in a place like Bolivia, the 2015 movie version cannot make up its mind whether to be a comedy, a satire or a drama. It has some elements of all three but in the end it isn't funny enough (even though there are a couple of very funny moments), or biting enough to resonate. The movie is saved by Sandra Bullock, who oozes charm and charisma, and Billy Bob Thornton, as his rival. The scenes in which they directly interact are stellar. Snarls Thornton to Bullock: "when you play long enough with the monsters, you become a monster", ha! The movie also lacks a surprising amount of character development. Do we really know all that much more about 'Calamity' Jane at the end of the movie? .
"Our Brand Is Crisis" opened nationwide this weekend, and even though I had my doubts that it could live up to the original documentary, I nevertheless decided to check it out. The Saturday matinée screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was nicely attended, somewhat to my surprise to be honest. If you haven't seen the 2005 documentary of the same name, I would strongly encourage you to check that out before you see this. Even though the facts in the documentary are now 13 years old, it remains a must-see film about politics and campaigning. The 2015 fictional version is not a must-see, but it makes for an interesting exercise to compare the documentary against the fictional version.
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