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Posted Saturday 1/19/19 at 6:13AM EST
HBO's Brexit is like a good episode of The West Wing, despite its well-intentioned pandering
Source: The A.V. Club
"Bearing a terrific cast and clever screenplay that occasionally pops with a fizzy, (Aaron) Sorkin-lite flair, the movie ... goes all-in on some blunt-force symbolism and cheesy imagery that renders things overly simplistic, sapping subtlety and delivering the tale of England’s ill-considered destabilization of its global position with the moralizing of an after-school special," says Alex McLevy. "(In other words, the worst of Sorkin’s political storytelling instincts are adopted by the project, right alongside his better stylistic tics.) Then again, it could be argued that using dumbed-down tactics to convey the dumbing-down of political discourse is precisely the necessary way of fighting fire with fire. It certainly keeps things zipping along: Brexit is never boring, the film racing from one moment of the campaign to the next with a feisty, broadly appealing tone that recalls Jay Roach’s work on HBO’s American-set films about momentous votes, Recall and Game Change."
- Benedict Cumberbatch’s tight-wired performance is the best thing in this brisk but mechanical retread of recent events
- For Americans, even if that story isn't our own, it's absolutely relatable and that makes it interesting
- It's remarkable how Cumberbatch can make even his most peculiar and interior characters electric
- Smartly, Brexit doesn’t get too wonky over its just-enough 97 minutes
- Brexit is a lethal force, a blistering take on the referendum
- Cumberbatch visited the home of Dominic Cummings, whom he portrays, and had dinner with his wife
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
HBO's Brexit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has already divided British viewers
Source: The New York Times
The film that is scheduled to air on HBO on Jan. 19 made its debut as Brexit: The Uncivil War on Britain's Channel 4 this week, and many viewers are saying it's too soon. Cumberbatch plays the director of the official "Leave" campaign. One journalist said the film is "literally interfering in our criminal justice system.” The New York Times adds: "Others questioned the timing and legitimacy of a drama about a political event which is, to use TV parlance, still several months from its season finale."
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 1:35PM EST
HBO's Brexit movie is being accused of "interfering" with the British criminal justice system
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
One journalist tweeted "F*ck off" to HBO following Friday's release of the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring trailer because the Brexit Leave campaign is accused of breaking the law. As another British Twitter user put it: "Dear HBO - it’s a bit irresponsible to release a disaster movie when we’re still in the middle of the disaster."
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 5:45PM EST
Watch a bald Benedict Cumberbatch in HBO's Brexit trailer
The Sherlock star plays Dominic Cummings, who spearheaded Britain's Brexit vote as director of the Vote Leave campaign. Even Cummings' wife is impressed by Cumberbatch's performance in the trailer. Brexit premieres on HBO on Jan. 19.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch to star on Britain's Brexit drama series
Source: Digital Spy
He''ll play the campaign director for Vote Leave on Channel 4's new drama about the polarizing 2016 referendum.