Thursday, June 25, 2020

Irresistible - Movie Review

The Movie: Irresistible

The Director: Jon Stewart

The Cast: Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne, Mackenzie Davis, CJ Wilson, Will Sasso

The Story: A Democratic strategist helps a retired veteran run for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town.

The Review:
If you believe politics and election campaigns are corrupt, outdated, rigged, and all about making money you're totally right and you will enjoy this comedic look at the entire process. If you didn't know all of those things, this movie will be a very fun and eye opening experience because everything that plays out in the movie is entirely possible and could actually happen. I can't really go into detail on what that means because there are some big reveals towards the end that need to be kept secret so I won't go there.

What I can talk about is just how much fun Steve Carell and and Rose Byrne are in this movie and this is coming from someone who is not a big fan of a lot of Carell's work. Every once in a while, he finds a role that absolutely works for me and this is definitely one of those. Byrne, on the other hand has become one of my favorite comedic actresses and she can do pretty much anything and I'll enjoy it. Also in the cast are Chris Cooper who basically can do no wrong and Mackenzie Davis who I feel like should have become a bigger star than she already is by now, as well as brief appearances from Topher Grace and Natasha Lyonne.

The movie is genuinely funny and is a delight to watch although it does bog down a bit in the middle before redeeming itself with a strong finish. While the movie is very political, it in no way draws any party lines other than to skew them both so don't feel, if you lean one way or another, like you may be attacked, it's all in good fun and actually quite eye opening when it comes down to it. Jon Stewart, as writer and director, really takes a close look at what drives political campaigns and what they mean to people on every level and he manages to tell the story in a way that makes you think about the viability of the process without it ever feeling preachy or heavy handed.

Irresistible votes no on the election campaign process by exposing it for what it is. A way to move around billions of dollars while pretending to give people a choice on who will lead them unwittingly into the next major money laundering scheme.

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