LONG SHOT (2019): The Things I Loved…

Long Shot (2019), O'Shea Jackson Jr., Seth Rogen
Long Shot (2019), O’Shea Jackson Jr., Seth Rogen

In my entire history of film watching, the very talented Mr. Seth Rogen has only ever let me down one time. I’m of course speaking in terms of his involvement in a movie that turned out to be quite the disappointment. The really great news today though, is this: That absolute letdown of a movie  I’m referring to is definitely not director Jonathan Levine’s latest comedy / romance, Long Shot.

Starring Rogen, Charlize Theron, Alexander Skarsgård and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Long Shot is a film I was always going to see because the cast are among my favourite filmmakers. I just wasn’t sure how the finished product would turn out, considering the somewhat unexpected pairing of Rogen and Theron in a story about an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush. Particularly considering that his crush just happens to be one of the world’s most powerful and unattainable women. 

My initial lack of confidence probably also had something to do with the trailer somehow not being able to truly convey – for me at least, just how the movie was going to play. Luckily, to my very pleasant surprise, I had a great time. The dialogue, pace, story and tone all added up to a beautifully choreographed film that delighted me. I liked it so much it almost made me feel as happy as I was when I first discovered the magic that is Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008).

In terms of what I liked a little less, I vaguely recall the laughs slowing down a tad past the half way point, but that’s barely a complaint now, is it? The bond between Jackson Jr. and Rogen’s characters, Skarsgård’s Prime Minister character, the role played by Andy Serkis and of course ‘Queen Theron;’ all just wonderful. 

Definitely, definitely watch Long Shot if you haven’t already. I certainly won’t be forgetting all the elements it got just right, any time soon.

Happy Film Loving


9 thoughts on “LONG SHOT (2019): The Things I Loved…”

  1. It was much better than I expected. I tend to shy away from comedies these days which I find to be overly crude and sexual. A couple parts of this one were unpleasant for me, but Charlize was amazing, and Seth Rogen was surprisingly charming. I thought they had unexpectedly good chemistry!

    1. ‘Shy away from comedies?’ That’s probably the SADDEST thing I’ve ever heard! 😁

      All jokes aside, I do get where you’re coming from. The film really does have great chemistry between all the pairings.

      A part of me wishes I could get to see it again for the first time. Oh, well. 😌🤓

      1. Comedy movies aren’t what they used to be, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a fan of today’s crude style of humor. Growing up it was probably my favorite genre.

  2. I’ve only seen the first 30 minutes of it, but I didn’t enjoy it at all. I didn’t find anything funny about it. I turned it off. Haha. But yeah, I know it’s wildly popular and I’m in the minority. One day maybe I’ll give it another chance.

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