jon’s review published on Letterboxd:
Aaron... i think you’re great. but what is this...
this is a borderline surreal watch. it’s well acted (minus Eddie Redmayne, who can slam his fists on tables and doors all he wants but should never act again) and mostly competent but the screenplay is the narrative equivalent of Sorkin massaging his prostate and the editing is the cinematic equivalent of Sorkin cheating on his test by looking at Vice’s answers. takes important American politics and turns it into weak popcorn shlock that tries way too hard to tug at your heartstrings. that last scene is especially horrific and demands not to be taken seriously. i wish Sorkin made a movie like this through a narrative of historical fiction because it would’ve played out much better, when real people are involved it all comes off as phony. at least it manages to stay entertaining and never feels like it’s 2+ hours. get your thumb outta your ass, Sorkin.
during this entire movie i had to keep reminding myself that Jeremy Strong was not Nick Kroll playing a younger version of Gil Faizon.