Sandra Bullock is normally the kind of person that audiences and awards voters can’t resist. Bolivian elections on the other hand are something a lot of people manage to go their whole lives without thinking about. When Our Brand is Crisis was released in America, the disinterest of South American politics won the fight over Sandra Bullock fandom, but that’s not a sure sign that it deserved the reception it got.
As I’ve already hinted at, Our Brand is Crisis is centred around a Bolivian election. It follows Jane (Sandra Bullock), a political campaign manager who’s convinced to come out of retirement to run a campaign for a failing politician, as she’s promised a chance to run against a rival campaign manager, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), as the two have a rivalry than runs deeper than politics.
This film is a real mixture of good and bad things. The script has some great funny moments when needed, some clever and unexpected developments, and most importantly knows exactly when to take itself seriously. On the other hand, there’s a scene where Sandra Bullock, who I would like to remind you is an uptight, professional political campaign manager, moons her rival politicians during a bus race.
While that was no doubt the low point of the film, there are also a number of boring sections, but whenever I was feeling uncomfortable in my seat, there would be a great moment between Bullock and Thornton, who had a great chemistry that made me fully believe they had history. My interest in this film was so all over the place it’s actually a little bit difficult to either recommend or warn people away from, but you can do a lot worse than watching Our Brand is Crisis.
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