Charlize Theron Weekend – Long Shot (2019) Movie Review

Director: Jonathan Levine

Writer: Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah (Screenplay) Dan Sterling (Story)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis

Plot: Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

Tagline – Feel something different.

Runtime: 2 Hour 5 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Entertaining

Story: Long Shot starts as a journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) going undercover for his latest story only to learn his paper has been sold, while Charlotte Field (Theron) has stepping up her political career in her role of secretary of state, which sees her being selected as the next Presidential candidate.

After the two have a chance reunion at a concert, Fred is offered a job as a speechwriter in a hope to improve the humour level of Charlotte’s campaign, one of her weaknesses. As the two work together they remember more about their childhood together and Charlotte’s reputation starts to grow, as does their relationship.

Thoughts on Long Shot

Characters – Charlotte Field is the secretary of state, she has spent her career getting to this position and now is in line to be endorsed to become the next Presidential candidate, which sees her needing to improve her humour, hiring an old childhood friend to help this. Fred Flarsky is a journalist who has always gone after the big stories, he has always gone against media powers, which sees him out of a job, only to get hired to help Charlotte improve her humour rating with the people, helping to write the speeches for her. The two might have come from different backgrounds, but they show a chemistry that only love can explain. Maggie and Tom are the two advisers for Charlotte, they are not comfortable having Fred as part of the team. Lance is Fred’s best friend that does try to help him get back on his feet after losing his job.

PerformancesCharlize Theron and Seth Rogen works very well together, Seth Rogen might be everything we would expect, but he does add some slapstick which is fresh for him, while Charlize might mostly keep herself straighter, it does give her a chance at a couple of funny moments. When it comes to the supporting cast, everybody gets their laughs along the way.

StoryThe story here follows a Presidential candidate who hires an old childhood friend to write her speeches to add humour to them, as they start to fall in love, which only leaves them both needing to ask bigger questions about their futures. This is a story that does show how political people need to try and keep a lid on top of things always being worried about their own reputation instead of following their own beliefs. It does show how breaking them will define somebody, which is important for how everything unfolds, because we would like to see leaders who don’t hide everything from the world. The story does give us a new way to show a romantic story though, which is big to see.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film is mostly what we would know from Seth Rogen, it is a lot of stoner comedy mixed with pop culture references. While the romance shows how being involved in a relationship with a public figure could have problems, but if you are in love, you need to follow the hearts.

SettingsThe film does take us around the world, with the pair being on a tour as they fall in love, it shows how in the spotlight they must remain separate, while behind closed doors they can be together.

Scene of the Movie – Standing up for yourself.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The idea that all problems can be solved with drugs.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun comedy that does bring us a fresh look at romantic comedies with how the characters are placed into a world that we don’t normally see.

Overall: Fun Throughout.

The Glass Man (2011) Movie Review

Director: Christian Solimeno

Writer: Christian Solimeno (Screenplay)

Starring: Andy Nyman, James Cosmo, Neve Campbell, Brett Allen

Plot: The chilling story of a middle class man whose desperate weathering of the current economic crisis ends with the arrival one night of a debt collector with an offer that surely cannot be turned down.

Tagline – Knock Knock. Who’s There?

Runtime: 1 hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Glass Man starts as we meet Martin Pyrite (Nyman) who has recently been fired under unusually circumstances which he believes is unfair, he has kept this secret from his wife Julie (Campbell) and has seen his debts rising above anything he can afford.

When his wife starts to learn the truth, Martin needs to explain to her the truth, until a stranger Pecco (Cosmo) arrives at the door looking for his money. Pecco offers him a chance to clean up his debts by joining him on a one night mission into a world of crime.

Thoughts on The Glass Man

Characters – Martin has always lived a life above what he could afford, where he finds himself spending as quick as he earns, which has led to him needing to hide the fact he lost his job and owes more than he can pay off, he gets a one off night to try and fix his problems, where his eyes will be open to everything he has done wrong. Pecco is the loan shark that arrives in the middle of the night that offers Martin a way out of his problems, his imposing presence will only make Martin mind up. Julie is the wife of Martin, we don’t really learn much about her with most of her time just being around the home.

PerformancesAndy Nyman does do the most work in the film as the nervous figure that is seeing his life fall apart around him, while James Cosmo does make for a figure of pure fear. Neve Campbell does seem wasted in her role though, she does also struggle with the accent.

StoryThe story here follows a man that is living above his income that has seen his life spiral out of control and given a lifeline by a shady loan shark, where he will dive into a world of crime for his freedom. The story does hide some of the most important sides to everything, we don’t know how serious the issue that has caused Martin to be fired, while the journey does end up coming up with a story that gets caught up in trying to be something edgier than it actually is.

ThrillerThe film does try to keep us on the edge of our seats when it comes to the night out with the loan shark.

SettingsThe film does use the settings to show first how Martin is living in a big home, worked in a big office and then the life of crime causing him to step out of his normal world.

Final Thoughts The Glass Man is trying to be edgy with how everything unfolds, but ends up tripping over the final reveal.