The Politician Review - An entry-level political satire

The Politician Review - An entry-level political satire

Introduction Words do have a capacity of infuriating an individual! The numerous connotations one can arrive at could simply pull a whole picture apart. ‘The Politician’ that went live on the 27th of September 2019, on Netflix had a similar effect. Oh yes! Let me add, I didn’t quite have a look at the trailer, but had managed to suck up on the first season comprising of eight episodes. Hence my image of sharp look men and women engaged in some power-packed dialogues across the table, dealing with world issues, came to a grinding haul, when I arrived at a whole new meaning of politics. The plot A Santa Barbra kid, Plyton Hobart (Benn Platt), has harboured on a childhood dream of becoming the President of the United States. He invests his all to see his dream unfold as one of the mightiest presidents that United State’s ever had! His demeanour is of that of a typical ‘pretty’ schoolboy, whose hair is immaculate and in place, the attiring is classic and not a single crease on his clothing. In a nutshell, he looks like one of those guys from the 70’s. The family wealth bolsters his dream, as he takes on to run for as the President at his school. Playton’s ideal and goals are borrowed from autobiographies of great people, and his character is wonderfully devised to make us believe that he’s a true aggressive politician. Not to forget that he strategically hires a team that would help him calculate his winnings at every step of the campaign. But now Payton has some stiff competition from River Barkely (played by David Corenswet). That lad is a natural! His speech at the debate is honest, and he speaks straight from the heart, and has looks that could kill. The school seems to like his natural ways and take to him like fish in water. However, Playton takes Mandarin lessons from River. Probably at one of these lessons River fires a gun, and is dead. Playton has witnessed the murder, but the question that triggers here is, could Playton have killed River? Well, Ryan Murphy artfully dodges the viewers attention from the murder, and steers it back to the campaign. Playton assumes that he is fighting the election alone but is now to brave ‘Astrid’, River’s girlfriend (played by Lucy Boynton). He later convinces the cancer survivor ‘Infinity Jackson’, to pull in on the campaign together with him. But is she really a cancer survivor? Playton is faced by an array of questions that could put his political stance at stake. So who really is the politician? Not to forget that Playton’s girlfriend, Julia Schlaepfer who has the brains of the bureaucrat could be steering Playton’s hot chances of winning to her own favour! The hits and misses  In spite of being set in a school environment, the plot has triggered a thought in the viewer's mind from the first few minutes of the advent of episode one. The attiring is crisp, but the dialogues could have been stronger in terms of incorporating lesser slang more phrase heavy notes. Important aspects are like River’s death is shoved under the carpet. But showcasing that, in turn would add more value to the plot. The 70’s outlay is rich and enticing, but doesn’t quite add up to a modern-day Instagrammers purview of reality. End Note  I cannot state that this is a must watch, but can certainly add that the humour and comic timing is a bang on! However would yet rate it at a weak 2/5 owing to the dialogues, production misfits, and some plot glitches.



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