Friday, October 7, 2016

Bulworth (1998)

Director: Warren Beatty

Writers: Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser

Composer: Ennio Morricone

Starring: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington, Christine Baranski, Amiri Baraka, Sean Astin, Nora Dunn, Laurie Metcalf, Sarah Silverman, William Baldwin, George Hamilton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Brace yourself. This politician is about to tell the truth!

Plot: A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I loves me some WB even though his acting is interchangeable with a lot of his roles, he's still great to watch.  He juggles a lot of things in this picture and he does it well.  It's got humor, something of a romance, drama, politics and it's a thriller.  Bulworth's rapping gets way too much play in the film.  And Bullworth is able to keep the rap going and going and going.  Even though he isn't good at it, his words speak his truth and that's what counts.  I really like the world WB creates around this character.  It's got a 1970s political thriller vibe about it that's really neat.  Besides the political fun he gets mixed up in, the film's got a fantastic cast.  I just can't get enough of Jack Warden and Paul Sorvino.  Those guys are awesome.  Oh, and regardless of where you lean politically, Bullworth may or may not say how you think but he speaks what a lot of people perceive to be the truth, that politicians are pandering, shallow, money and power hungry people who are mostly in this game to serve their own self interests.  Beatty's films have characters that feel genuine and the roles he plays also add a level of humanity that you don't see much.  What he does is unique to him and that's the biggest reason I enjoy watching his films so much.  The 20th Century Fox DVD presents the film in non-anamorphic widescreen.  The only extra is the theatrical trailer in fullscreen.  Weak.

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