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Our Brand Is Crisis
David Gordon Green Statele Unite, 2015
Within this ultimately all-American drama, Bolivia feels relegated to little more than an exotic backdrop of poverty and llama gags, and the overarching message is that while US-style politicking has its failures, it is still the only kind that counts.
March 04, 2016
It’s fascinating watching Bullock, the underdog star we’re normally supposed to root for, deal with her deeply antiheroic character partly by playing up the crazy-breakdown factor (Bodine is portrayed as an unstable recluse). This isn’t anything radical smuggled into mainstream cinema, but its the-party’s-over ending of urban protests and chaos makes for more of a curiosity than its hoary professional-rivalry plot might suggest.
November 04, 2015
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An infantile message movie coming 40 (if not 100) years too late, Our Brand Is Crisis hammers home the patently obvious message that politics are a cynical game. They’re also (to use just a few analogies culled from the film) a cynical carousel, a cynical war, a cynical form of advertising, a cynical popularity contest and a cynical bus race around the lip of a Bolivian mountain cliffside.
October 30, 2015
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Green and Straughan treat the Americans’ myopia as the stuff of political soap opera. They portray Calamity Jane as a woman who ultimately sees through the emptiness of her manipulation politics and abruptly changes her career. It’s the dramatic equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, and not even Bullock can make the catch.
October 29, 2015
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It’s neither uncommon nor wrong for real-life characters to be folded into composites for dramatic purposes, but “Calamity” Jane isn’t a composite so much as a stock movie type—that of a soft-bellied idealist hidden under a cynic’s hard shell. The arc of Our Brand is Crisis is about revealing her idealism, but doing so winds up blunting any point the film seeks to make about the folly of American politicos rigging another country’s system.
October 29, 2015
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It might be possible to make a good movie out of a cross between Mike Nichols’ “Primary Colors” and Costa-Gavras’ “Z,” but “Our Brand Is Crisis” is not that movie… Though not without its entertaining moments—the cast, led by Sandra Bullock, is energetic, sharp and gets a fair number of juicy bits to rock out with. But as a whole, “Our Brand is Crisis” is a messy affair that sputters along when it should be humming with assured cynical momentum.
October 29, 2015
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Here, Green disappears deeper than he ever has before into workmanlike competence; the only personal signature is a funky, slow-mo dance party, which the filmmaker somehow manages to insert into every movie he makes.
October 29, 2015
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It’s cute for a while. The stars are pros, and their scenes, often staged so that the characters are within breathing distance of each other, have snap. In moments, Mr. Green seems to be trying to turn this into a Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy romance. That doesn’t happen, partly because the filmmakers have a morality lesson to finish selling.
October 29, 2015
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Functionally directed by Green (who seems to be trying to remain anonymous), Our Brand Is Crisis suffers from a laborious first act that spends way too much time trying to score laughs from Jane’s has-been status before finally letting her snap into barracuda mode. Once she does, Bullock and Thornton have a reasonably good time with their barbed rivalry, and Straughan finds ways to re-engineer some of the documentary’s more fascinating behind-the-scenes details.
October 28, 2015
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The film, based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, comes perilously close to exploring producer George Clooney’s capacity for skepticism, but in the end only serves to validate his devotion to showmanship as Hollywood’s current reigning poster boy for blue-state morality, naïve warts and all.
October 28, 2015
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The director, David Gordon Green, has little feel for the movie’s comic turns, and his way with the drama is held back by his obvious and conventional sympathies. The political background on which the story runs is sketched thinly; curiosity about Bolivian life is shunted off to a few lines of dialogue and an abundance of folkloric costumes.
October 26, 2015
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A fictionalized, present-day reimagining of Rachel Boynton’s terrific 2005 documentary of same name, Our Brand is Crisis would have an uphill battle on its hands even if it were a masterpiece, which it most certainly is not. David Gordon Green’s latest is instead a pleasant enough if decidedly un-hip studio diversion
September 14, 2015
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Sadly, Green’s film devolves into an anonymous mulch with little to offer beyond its central insistence that contemporary politics — here engendered here by the transposition of US slicksters onto Latin American soil — is a den of snakes, and that policies are subordinate to character. Our Brand Is Crisis exists under a shadow cast by better, sharper films and TV shows which paint a similarly grim view of the industry.
September 13, 2015
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Even though it which professes to know all the angles, there’s something rather light and comfortable about the enterprise, that it’s maybe not delivering as radical a statement as its makers believe… There’s an anonymous feel to the way it’s been shot, almost like he’s been hired in for the strict purpose of getting a job done in a satisfactory manner. And while there’s a certain poetry to that situation, it does mean that a certain profundity and artistry has been lost in the transition.
September 12, 2015
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