Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Our Brand Is Crisis, director David Gordon Green’s new comedy drama based on Rachel Boynton’s 2006 documentary of the same name which looked at the tactics and consequences of American political campaigns. Read on…
In Green (Pineapple Express, Prince Avalanche, Joe) and screenwriter Peter Straughan’s (The Men Who Stare at Goats, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) reimagining of the material, Sandra Bullock takes the role of famous retired political analyst ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine now living in isolation in a remote log cabin. When she is approached to run the campaign of an unpopular candidate (Joaquim de Almedia) in the forthcoming Bolivian elections she is initially reluctant, but her discovery that her rival Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) is running the campaign for Gallo’s chief opposition sparks her interest.
As well as being a phenomenal actress, Bullock has a natural gift for comedy and the two come together in harmony as she finds herself a fish out of water in Bolivia’s unfamiliar political landscape. She’s joined by a solid supporting cast, who confidently handle Straughan’s quickfire script, which casts an interesting light on the shadowy nature of global politics and American attempts to cast their influence far and wide.
AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:
Nell Minow: Our Brand is Crisis, with Sandra Bullock in a role based on a man and originally intended to be played by a man.
Title: Our Brand Is Crisis
Director: David Gordon Green
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Running Time: 107 mins
Language: English, Spanish
Shooting Location(s): Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Louisiana USA
Principal Cast: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Ann Dowd, Joaquim de Almedia, Scoot McNairy
Screenwriter: Peter Straughan
Production Companies: Participant Media, Smokehouse Pictures
Distributor: Warner Bros
AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.
Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor