Long Shot – Film Review

Long Shot is the newest rom-com to hit the big screen starring Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field, Secretary of State of the United States with a big dream to become the first female president in 2020 and Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky, a journalist fighting for everything right in the world, equipped with his witty sense of humour.

When President Chambers (Bob Odenkirk) shares his news with Charlotte that he’s taking a new course in his career and is stepping down as President, Charlotte takes this opportunity to run for Presidency sooner than expected. Understanding that it will be a vote to the public, Charlotte and her trusted team consisting of Maggie Millikin (June Diane Raphael) and Tom (Ravi Patel) round up a meeting to work on how to boost Charlotte’s public view with her wave, sense of humour, popularity and more.

After Charlotte runs into Fred at an event, memories are exchanged between the two of how they had met when they were children and Charlotte sees Fred as the perfect writer to be hired to help write her press speeches to win over the public.

As Fred works into getting to know Charlotte on a professional level, sparks start to fly between the two. Knowing that the romance may not be a winning vote to the public, does the dream of becoming the first female President overrule or can love win over all?

With politics not being one of my favourite topics to watch or discuss, I found Long Shot to not only be fun, cute and entertaining but also informative on the level of how a politician is looked at in the eyes of the general public. Charlize Theron is without a doubt drop dead gorgeous, but she was also so elegant with her solid performance. I found that every movement and line delivered made her character Charlotte, believable and relatable. Yes, she was on a pedestal to many, but she still felt real with her frustrations, sadness, happiness and love.

No matter what role I see Seth Rogen in, he tends to always play the funny man character. This time, I felt as though he toned it down for his role as Fred, adding more emotional depth to his humour which was refreshing to see. Every moment Seth Rogen was on-screen, he would bring laughter to the audience, which is something he does best.

As the credits rolled onto the screen during my viewing, I couldn’t help but feel satisfied with how enjoyable Long Shot was to watch. There was a moment in the film where I felt it that the story was dragging a bit as it got a little too serious towards the end, but Long Shot overall is a delightful movie.

If you’re in the mood for a good laugh with some romance, this movie will be perfect for you. I highly recommend seeing Long Shot so do yourself a favour and grab a ticket when it is released this week.

Long Shot is out in cinemas across Australia from May 2nd.

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