American Election Round table: White House Clowns – out now at the ‘Cinemare’
Ross Chatburn takes American politics to the movies and reviews the blockbuster which has proved a hit across the pond.
Attempting to find an appropriate adjective to describe the US election is like trying to scrape Tipp-Ex off a Playdough house in a thunderstorm. Impossible. There is no point even trying to rosy up the mess. The film started long ago, but as with all the great shows, they’re never as good with interludes.
The Trump and Judy show was undoubtedly a spectacle to behold. Expertly directed plot twists and poorly engineered character assassinations, all combined with an abundant array of jabs, jibes, spats and revelations. First class content. Show 2.0 on the other hand, or should I say the ‘Chuckle Brothers’ were tiresome. I mean what happened to the simple and sludgy, salt, flour and water entertainment of yesteryear?
Yes. It is time to admit that American political elections have gone from being sturdy attestations of Western democracy to becoming painstakingly entertaining reincarnations of the Jeremy Kyle show. Save the DNA test Jezza, we all know ‘WHOSA DADDY’. Although the polls infused tension into an otherwise familiar fragmented narrative, as with all multi-layered scripts the main plot forced us all to log out of our Twitter accounts and eat Brie. The election was riveting, but does not quite merit five stars because for me it lacked a certain je-ne-sais-quoi.
It is time to admit that American political elections have gone from being study attestations of Western democracy to painstakingly entertaining reincarnations of the Jeremy Kyle show.
Maybe it was that inkling I felt when I realised that whatever the result, the Brie in my fridge would be off and I don’t have Twitter. Thus, I would have nowhere to rant and wage a food war with my stomach. Instead, I would have to quell in disappointment or elation depending on the outcome which seemed as incalculable as Robert Peston at a pick and mix stall. Or maybe it was the fact that even when Biden-Harris’s stomping victory was proclaimed, I knew that Trump would nick the headlines. Something tells me that POTUS would be far less hesitant at a pick and mix stall.
Whilst full of unexpected plot twists and tense scenes, Biden took to the stage and gave the performance of his life. All I know is that before slouching down in seat 79,685,132, I knew exactly what I was getting in my Candy King. This election had shocks, scares, goosebumps and enough horror to give you nightmares. All the key ingredients to a five-star blockbuster. That said, it got one thing wrong which is integral to the formation and representation of quality entertainment. It chose the wrong venue.
This election had shocks, scares, goosebumps and enough horror to give you nightmares.
Unlike a Bond film, the credit reel of democracy doesn’t wind down ten minutes after the end. In fact, democracy doesn’t have a credit reel at all. Sometimes politicians may seem like extras in a budget horror film, but they are actually protagonists in a far greater spectacle. As Hitchcock once wisely remarked ‘the more successful the villain, the more successful the film’. The plot of this political comedy has had us all hooked, but now it’s time to switch off the film, flick on the lights and get real.
To say that Biden has salvaged America from a democratic quandary, is like calling Quantum of Solace a drama. He has injected the USA with a thunderous Martini of freedom, pride and principled justice. Biden won this election fighting a formidable torrent with both hands tied to a mast. A mast which adorns a magnificent flag of 50 stars and a representation of the most powerful country on earth. This film has ended with the toppling of Trump’s peaky Playdough house, but we’re all dreading the sequel.
He [Biden] has injected the USA with a thunderous Martini of freedom, pride and principled justice.
In 2016, America sneezed and Europe caught a cold. In 2020, the world caught a virus and America found a cure. As I now sit back at home thinking about my time at the ‘Cinemare’, I know one thing’s for sure. This election will change the course of American history and I for one can’t wait for 3.0.