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The Public is an interesting idea with a lot of star power behind it yet the decisions made by some of the characters and a major lack of realism portrayed is frustrating at best. What this film tries to commentate on is an important subject that deserves to be tackled right, not treated with kid gloves. Definitely ambitious it what it wants to communicate, but way too reserved to pull it off. I'm guessing there were some rewrites and I doubt the actors, writers and director are all that happy with the outcome.
This was just bad. Plain and simple. Not a single joke landed, the script was lazy and not one of the characters is likeable. Can't say I'm disappointed as I was expecting exactly what I got. Even Ewan McGregor couldn't save this eye-sore of a movie.
As someone who's more on the conservative side of the political spectrum I was expecting to sit through a near two hour cringe-inducing movie that exists for the Hollywood machine to give itself a big pat on the back for how virtuous it is - low and behold I was pleasantly surprised. There are definitely points in this movie that 100% placate to the anti-Republican crowd by simply making things up about what behind the scenes at Fox News, however if you can stomach that (which most conservatives who enjoy film generally have to do) it's actually a well paced, well acted, entertaining movie. The performances from almost every major star were really well done. Charlize Theron in particular must have dedicated a lot of time to studying Megyn Kelly's mannerisms and proved herself once again to be a terrific actress. Margot Robbie's performance was also well put together. There were moments where I was distracted by the narrative being played out where the movie started to feel more like either a lecture or just straight up propaganda (particularly when it's a movie that heavily addresses the #MeToo movement being produced by Hollywood - one of the most scandalous industries when it comes to sexual harassment and/or abuse) but leaving personal politics at the door - as one should do to appreciate cinema - and just watching it as a drama, it's actually not half bad. Not sure if I'd watch it again but I'm glad I've seen it, and I'm happy it wasn't as much of a wince-fest as I thought it would be.
I knew nothing about this movie when I saw it and I can't say I've truly learnt much of anything it covers whilst watching it. Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson were the best parts of this dramatically hyperbolic film. When your main character is as unlikeable as Ms Lipstadt (Weisz), someone who ignores all the advice given to her and throws herself into every decision she makes with only her emotions as the basis for her actions, it's hard truly celebrating her win at the end of the movie.
For the subject being tackled in this movie along with the current British legal system dealing with "blurred lines" around controversial speech and whether it's citizens have a right to express those ideas I felt that this movie could have shed some light onto how laws around speech in Britain work and show a real battle of freedom vs safety. Also it when it's not frustrating, it's quite dull. Not sure if I'd recommend this one.