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The "Nightmare" Movie
on 16 February 2007
(Warning: this film deals with gun crime and violence and multi-cultural conflicts, if you think you may be affected by this, please do not watch this)
Beatty was starting to distance himself away from Hollywood after making Reds in 1991. One of the few films he worked on, after this was the controversial black-comedy bashing the US government.
Beatty was ready at the helm, as producer, head writer, director and even a "starring" role as Senator Jay Billington Bulworth, a corrupt liberal.
We see Bulworth as a so-called modest man-a perfect one, but his polished and cheery apperance with his repetious slogans and speeches don't do him any favours with the young generation and especially the divided black communities scummoned into povetry. Bulworth is ridculed with greed, suicidal thoughts, anger and repression, also you could say he fallen out of love with his job and money-making prodecures.
Bulworth is treated, like a nightmare from his prespective, his own life story. Bulworth likes to humilate those in power and act like a lunatic, to fool the public and make his best shot to climb the ladder of corruption, to regain his former popularity and success. The fact is, Bulworth is a crook, a very nasty one.
However, does Bulworth make great entertainment? Yes and No. Bulworth may doesn't follow a straight path, it wobbles around, not sure of which direction it wants to make. Bulworth on the other hand, could be a realistic of a candidate desire to become laid, freak out and make money for his back pocket on the side, like a crazy junkie story of the life and success of the powerful politicans, but it never seems satified, it comes across as geeky, in your face and patronising. The story is bare and it doesn't add up to a conclusion with strings attached, in fact i didn't even know if there was a much of straight forward plot.
The problem with Bulworth is, you might not understand the way the US government works compared to the UK one, so a spot of well-deserved revision may be the key to the puzzle, which i suggest.
Bulworth is frankly deadpan black comedy, if you like your films to be weird and wonderful.