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politics and romance mixed perfectly
on 30 December 2006
Annette Benning is lovely; she exudes obvious sharp wit and political astuteness in this role but it's perfectly balanced by her senior prom-girl delight and endearing naivety at the enormity of the context of the relationship being proposed to her.
Aaron Sorkin's screenplay shows all the rapid fire acuity and understanding of complex political argot as would be so fabulously demonstrated later in The West Wing and it's nice to see some of the actors/characters (minor and major) who would also appear in that series.
Yes, the politics are clearly biased towards liberal idealism (the press room speech is excellent and reminds me of something similar in The Contender) but who wants to watch a depiction of a right wing administration? The real thing's too horrible to experience although I'm sure it would make interesting viewing.
Benning and Douglas are well cast in terms of their realistic and believable respective ages and the potential for what would have to be a truly romantic (and ultimately sexual) chemistry.
Douglas delivers a very effective and engagingly appealing imperiousness which works well.
Fox is great as a younger man with such a high responsibility.
I had to keep pinching myself that Sheen's not Bartlett! First time I watched the film he just looked wrong but I got used to it.
Easily takes repeat viewing to fully appreciate the large number of little gems Sorkin's worked into the dialogue.