Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dave (1993) [PG-13]

Director: Ivan Reitman
Writer: Gary Ross
Kevin Kline as Dave Kovic/President William (Bill) Harrison Mitchell
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Mitchell
Frank Langella as Bob Alexander
Kevin Dunn as Alan Reed
Ving Rhames as Duane Stevensen
Charles Grodin as Murray Blum
Ben Kingsley as Vice President Gary Nance

Synopsis: While an ordinary man thinks he's doing a one-time, temporary job filling in as a "double/impersonator" for the President, the real President suffers a stroke. As a result, his "filling in" takes on a whole new role.

Acting: 20/20

Writing:  31/40
Directing/Editing/Production/Etc:  38/40

Overall:  89/100 B+

Review: When it comes to pure talent in acting, this film has a great cast. All of the actors in this film are great character actors and they all give the professional performances you would expect.

Kevin Kline is so good with nuance in all of his films and this one is no different. I don't mean it as any insult when I say that, I think he's an underrated actor who always delivers perfect performances. Sigourney Weaver delivers a solid performance as usual, as do Kevin Dunn and Ben Kingsley. Frank Langella does an upstanding job, as does Charles Grodin - both of them shining despite not being the main stars of the film. Ving Rhames also shines in his roll, as well as exhibiting his natural charisma.

The script is a very endearing one, with a message reminding us that the government is really supposed to be "we the people", and how it's our job to stop corruption from occurring in Washington DC.

Spoiler Alert! 

Even though the film is endearing with a happy ending, the ending is not believable. The idea that Dave could ever run for office and date Ellen at the same time was illogical as it would clearly freak people out to see the ex-First Lady with a man who looks just like her deceased husband.

The Presidential couple in this film greatly resemble the Presidential couple at the time, Bill and Hillary Clinton. Except Sigourney Weaver's character is more of what people thought Hillary Clinton was like, rather than what we now know her to actually be like - thereby making Sigourney Weaver's character far more sympathetic than the woman her character is loosely based on.

End of Spoiler Alert!

As endearing as this film is, it's also very entertaining and exciting, keeping you wondering how things are going to end up playing out. The way things do play out are pretty clever and worth the "suspense". It seems to be a little more "drama" than "comedy", though it definitely has it's funny moments and the overall script is somewhat of a "dark comedy" (considering the plot with the stroke).

Overall this film was intriguing and clever, with outstanding and compelling performances. An optimistic perspective on fixing modern politics.

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