Review: Long Shot
PUBLISHED: 08:43 16 May 2019
A not so typical rom-com is the latest review for Mark Goodin.
Constructing a rom-com that stands out as funny and romantic in a genre which has become really rather dull and formulaic must surely be a challenge for any director, regardless of how-well versed they may be in these films.
What a pleasant surprise it is, then, that Jonathan Levine's film consistently delivers in charm, drama and laugh-out-loud comedy.
The film sees out-of-work journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) hired by U.S. Secretary of State and former high school crush Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) to be her speech writer as she readies herself to run for President.
As Fred and Charlotte bond over 90s ephemera and past embarrassing blunders, Levine deftly interweaves stinging, politically relevant witticisms, gross-out gags and pratfalls into the plot without ever overwhelming the central romance.
However, Levine does not play the balance of humour and drama daring enough, choosing instead to stick to the same rigid, terribly clichéd formula so many rom-coms refuse to stray from - despite their clash of morals are we ever in any real doubt as to how Fred and Charlotte's romance will play out?
The sheer charm and believable chemistry of Theron and Rogen, as well as a number of scene-stealing supporting turns - notably O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Fred's long-suffering best friend Lance and an unrecognisable Andy Serkis as frightful media mogul Parker Wembley - are more than enough to redeem the shortcomings of this intelligent and delightful film.