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This review is from: Election  [DVD] (DVD)
Election is the best American film of the last thirty years. It is nothing less than a devastating dissection of the male psyche, in all its vanity, delusion and hypocrisy. It's fair to say that this film does not merely put masculinity on trial - it delivers a verdict (and that verdict is not 'innocent', believe me...).
The film is full of wonderfully observed, telling little details. The bit when Mr. M. is describing to us how he used to be, not merely a 'teacher' but 'an educator' speaks volumes about his inflated and deluded view of himself - a view that he knows to be mere self-deception. The film brilliantly dramatises the close link between deception of oneself and deception of others, in the contrast between Mr M.'s rosy, morally informed voice-over and the grim, seedy reality of his mid-west existence. The acting is uniformly wonderful, particularly from Matthew Broderick, and the dialogue full of nuance and irony.<PThis is a masterful piece of film making - tight, brutal, hilarious, profound. No wonder it didn't win an Oscar.
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Initial post: 25 May 2011 23:10:16 BDT
Tank Girl says:
Very insightful review. I think a lot of people fail to see that Mr M is as unlikeable as Tracy but you've hit the nail on the head.
Posted on 11 Sep 2014 23:46:06 BDT
R. Whitlock says:
Great review and I agree fully with what you said.
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