Starring Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron, Long Shot follows Fred Flarsky, a journalist working for a small agency.
Fred (Seth Rogan) is invited to a party where he meets his former babysitter, Charlotte Field (Theron), who is now the Secretary of State. When Wembley Media—a large corrupt organisation—buys Fred’s smaller newspaper, he decides to quit his job and become Charlotte’s speechwriter.
Long Shot brilliantly attacks contemporary issues like sexism and fake news, with Wembley Media being comparable to Fox News.
The film also discusses the adversities faced by women in power, which is made clear through the character arc of Field, who struggles to make her way into the presidency, even though the current President, played by Bob Odenkirk, is laughable. He believes himself as more of a television star, aligning himself with Wembley News for financial gain.
Charlotte struggles to balance aspects of her life, working constantly and being unable to find love or hobbies. Long Shot comments on how people in powerful positions often choose partners who may look the part but don’t actually love each other; the relationship of the current American President Trump and his wife Ivana comes to mind.
Rogan and Theron come from very different styles of film; Charlize primarily acts in action films like Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017), however, Seth usually stars in comedies, like Neighbours (2014) and The Interview (2014)—a film that was banned across the world for its comments on North Korean Dictator, Kim Jong-Il. Despite their differing Hollywood backgrounds, the chemistry between the two is unquestionable.
But whilst the efforts of Long Shot are commendable, it follows a conventional Hollywood romantic-comedy plot that at times felt tiresome.
Director Jonathan Levine and cinematographer Maxime Boutin did a fantastic job, providing a variety of brilliantly framed shots. In terms of costume designer, Mary E. Vogt did an incredible job transforming Rogan into the outrageously goofy Flarsky, with his colourful jackets and dated snapbacks. Cameos from Lil Yachty and Boyz II Men also added to the viewing experience.
I’m a huge fan of both Seth Rogan and romantic comedies, so I had pretty high expectations going into this film. Not only did Long Shot surpass my expectations, but it showed me that politics can successfully be incorporated into comedies without ruining the atmosphere.
Long Shot is an unforgettable watch, that proves that political films can be hilarious.
Long Shot is in cinemas now.