Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019
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28 FRONTIER SUNDAY MAY 5 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in a scene from Long Shot Picture: iSTOCK HOLLYWOOD meets Bollywood meetsFrench feelgood cinema here, and they dont get along so well as this oddball comedydrama progresses. Though there are memorable moments in this rather erratic adaptation of an unlikely 2014 international best-seller (full title: The Extraordinary Voyage of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe), it must be emphasised they are few and far between. This is the story of Aja (played by Indian star Dhanush), a Mumbai trickster who cons his way on to a flight to Paris in search of his long lost father. After meeting the potential love of his life in a French IKEA outlet, our hero accidentally falls asleep inside a closet. Upon waking, Aja discovers he has been shipped overnight to London, after which he becomes one of a band of passport-less refugees who are bureaucratically bounced all over Europe. What follows is a mostly dull journey, brightened only by the occasional eccentric interlude. A scene from The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Picture: SUPPLIED leigh paatsch movie review The flicks Love is blind, but laughs are there for all to see in LONG SHOT; while THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR has further assembly required I F Long Shot wasnt such an overt (and deep down, old-fashioned) rom-com, you could easily classify it as a work of science fiction. How else to explain a world where a living goddess like Charlize Theron could possibly fall for a dead-set slob like Seth Rogen? Especially when Theron is playing an elite American politician and international diplomat poised to become the first female President, and Rogen the hoodie-wearing huffer of hooch inexplicably fated to be her next boyfriend? And yet, somehow, Long Shot snatches real and lasting laughs from the jaws of improbability on a consistent basis. It is not the greatest comedy you will see this year, but it is a good one, largely thanks to the strong, opposites-attract chemistry of the two leads. Proceedings kick off with a truly attentiongrabbing set-piece establishing the rootsy writing credentials of Fred Flarsky (Rogen), initially working undercover as an investigative journalist embedded inside a neo-Nazi clubhouse. After barely making it out alive - and then hot-headedly resigning from his job after ownership of his newspaper changes hands at a corporate level - Fred heads to a posh fundraiser with his best buddy Lance (Straight Outta Comptons OShea Jackson Jr.) to drown his sorrows. It is here Fred has a chance encounter with US Secretary of State and international style icon Charlotte Field (Theron). In an utterly unbelievable turn of events (of which there is many, many more to come) we learn that Fred and Charlotte already have themselves a bit of shared history. She used to be his neighbour back in the day, and his babysitter as well. As luck would have it, Charlotte has a job opening on her campaign team for a writer who can punch up some jokes into her dour stump speeches. She remembers Fred was pretty funny back when he was a kid. Would he like the gig? What follows, in the middle act of the movie, is a lively, throwaway pleasure to witness, as Charlotte embarks on a worldwide tour that will set up the announcement of her candidacy, and Fred tags along for the ride. Though the humour skews mostly to Rogens skill set - broad, blue and just that little bit blokey - it is a game and up-for-anything Theron who ensures the best jokes hit their intended targets. The two-hour running time is a stretch, but the surreal possibility of these two maybe making it to the White House is not. DIRECTOR: Ken Scott STARRING: Dhanush, Barkhad Abdi, Abel Jafri, Erin Moriarty, Seema Biswas, Berenice Bejo, Gemma Arterton, Laurent Lafitte, Gerard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse RATING: hh DIRECTOR: Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) STARRING: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, OShea Jackson Jr., Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis RATING: hhh LONG SHOT (M) THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR (M)