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Our Brand Is Crisis Review


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In the new political documentary Our Brand is Crisis - or, as it could have been named, James Carville and Friends Go To Bolivia! - a team of blue-shirt and khaki-pants D.C. consultants head south to help run the 2002 presidential campaign of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, aka "Goni." A cursory glance at the headlines which have been coming out of Bolivia recently is all the clue you need to see how well that turned out for the consultants, Goni, and the country in general.

The election documentary is a rich field for the non-fiction genre, melding the fly-on-the-wall recordings of nuts-and-bolts decision-making - all those backroom discussions normally never seen by the electorate - with the built-in drama of an impending popular contest. With her first feature release, director Rachel Boynton has chosen her subject perfectly and handles it just about as well, landing Our Brand is Crisis in the company of films like The War Room and the more lighthearted Journeys with George.

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The War Room Review


Excellent
Favorite thing about this classic Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker documentary about the 1992 Clinton campaign: Listening to James Carville's Louisiana twang for two hours. The pair of documentarians (who offer no commentary at all; the film speaks for itself entirely) gain amazing insight into the political process, the minutiae of how the campaigners attempt to build stories for the press, how speeches are written, and how genuinely hateful the opposing parties are against each other. Fortunately for Carville and company, their man Clinton won the day; this would have been a savage film if it hadn't panned out. I'm apolitical and despise politics -- but looking back at this campaign 12 years after the fact is actually a little nostalgic and surprisingly fun. Now gimme more Carville!
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