A lot of the movie buzz this week comes from the Toronto International Film Festival, which opened Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 20.
Among the talked-about features is Our Brand Is Crisis, which stars two Academy Award winners, Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thorton.
Early reviews say the film has flaws, but Sandra Bullock’s performance shines. Especially praised is her well-honed sense of comedic timing.
FirstShowing.Net reviewer Marco Cerritos said the screenplay “fall[s] victim to Hollywood convenience and easy resolution. But for the most part, Our Brand Is Crisis plays it straight and entertains especially with Bullock in the driver’s seat. It’s a big, flashy role for her and immediate awards talk is definitely warranted. This is Bullock’s best dramatic role ever and it deserves mainstream attention, even if she is slightly betrayed by the script’s sometimes straightforward political approach.”
The film is a fictionalized account of a documentary of the same name by Rachel Boynton which dramatized the 2002 presidential election in Bolivia. Bullock plays Jane Bodine, a political consultant called out of retirement to run Pedro Gallo’s election campaign against socialist candidate Victor Rivera.
Bodine finds herself up against her political nemesis Pat Candy, played by Thorton. She is also up against steep odds. When she signs on to run the campaign, Gallo is way behind in the polls.
Produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, the buzz tags Our Brand Is Crisis as a comedy-drama with styling that resembles Argo, which was produced by Clooney, Heslov and Ben Affleck and won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2012.
The film is set to be released in theaters Oct. 30.