A Disappointing Continuation
It’s an especially fun movie from a director and cast who are clearly having a good time allowing themselves to let loose.
Easily the biggest piece of Right wing non sense propaganda I ever saw.
Sometimes life moves at a pace that requires a 'reset' and the beauty of the coast of Maine stirs one's thoughts back to what is important. Treat Williams provides a great portrayal of a career politician, Congressman, who reconnects with the beauty of Maine and the people he represents. Interesting to gain perspective on the life and manipulations in politics. This movie grabs your attention immediately with a kickoff of time represented in pictures. The politics involved make you question how you would handle the situation that arises. The supporting actors are perfectly cast, grasping the lifestyle of a small lobster trapping town facing it's own Goliath. This is amust see film that you will enjoy watching time and time again.
I LOVED this film! LOVED IT!!!!! Treat Williams is one to watch in this -- He is FANTASTIC -- every move, every look, every word, every silence -- superb! His embodiment of this character is beyond experienced -- rich and honorable, experienced, yet fresh. Don't be fooled by the title -- if you're tired of 'politics,' this is actually refreshing and inspiring. A wonderful film with quality and value. I loved the entire cast -- I felt like they literally went to Maine and just hired the actual people on that island!! Authentic to the core. Chris Conroy as "Ben" reminded me of early James Dean -- I could not take my eyes off of him -- I was intrigued, riveted, and mesmerized every minute he was on screen. Such unique and subtle strength, tender and magnetic. He was fantastic. I fell in love with him. Ryan Merriman's scene in the bathtub is stellar!! I wasn't crazy about him at the top of the film, but as his character expanded, so did my appreciation and attraction to his performance. I enjoyed the ride he took me on. Perfect. His 'reveal' was brilliantly executed. The scene with Treat and Elizabeth as husband and wife, was so so very beautiful -- tender and true. They had us really sitting IN the room with this longtime couple that had LIVED and LOVED -- no acting, just the epitome of authentic. I just loved EVERYTHING about this film -- I did not want the characters to leave Maine, because I did not want to leave Maine!! This production captured the essence of Maine perfectly -- breathtakingly beautiful, grounded, timeless, hearty, unpretentious. Treat's speech at the end is glorious. I can't type fast enough or find enough adjectives to capture how this film made me FEEL -- I can write my thoughts, yes, but I need rare words to describe the feelings. Such a beautiful and powerful film in such a tender and honest way. I loved it. To be appreciated by every generation.
35 years ago Robert Mrazek was quoted as saying that a successful screen play should contain a lot of sex and violence or else be "damned good." The latter is the case with "The Congressman," his long-awaited cinematic debut. The violence in "The Congressman" is subtle, the sexuality implied. Mrazek doesn't preach at us as Sorkin might have. He transforms character flaws into cautionary tales, he tells us what can happen in life if we value our own integrity, say what we mean, mean what we say. Take out a few f-bombs and "The Congressman" might serve as a means to teach our children and grandchildren what government service should be all about.
"The Congressman" (2016 release; 98 min.) brings the story of US Congressman Charlie Winship of Maine. As the movie opens, we see an incident involving crab poaching off the coast of Maine (only much later will we understand the scene's significance), and over the movie's opening titles, there is a clever photo montage of Winship over the years, from his youth to his serving in Vietnam, to being sworn in as Congressman. In the movie's 'real' first scene. Winship is caught on camera not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance, and in fact paying no attention to it. This causes an immediate uproar in the media and also in his constituency back in Maine. Pretty soon, it becomes clear how disenchanted the Congressman really is with everything and everyone. Then a one-day trip to an island 18 miles off the coast of Maine is on his schedule. At this point we're not even 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this is written by Robert Mrazrk, and co-directed by Jared Martin and Robert Mrazek (their feature debut), but I'd venture to say this movie is a labor of love for Treat Williams who plays the lead role but also co-produced the movie. Williams has had a long and distinguished career, but let's face it, it's been quite some time since he's had a lead role of this magnitude. He easily takes on the role of the frustrated and tired congressman. "I'm tired of all the BS", bemoans Winship at some point. We get ya, buddy! It's on the island that the movie finds its footing, as Winship and his aide are cut off (literally and figuratively) from the main land. At that point the movie takes on a little bit of "Local Hero" (that gem from the mid-80s, although "Local Hero" is miles better as a movie): the isolation, yet the joy of being away from it all, while "slowing down to the rhythm of the sea", as the local librarian (and possible love interest) Rae (played by Elizabeth marvel) puts it. The movie definitely picks up a notch or two when Marvel appears about midway through. But even that cannot mask some of the movie's shortcomings, including the environmental "political correctness" and preachiness, I mean this is PC going beyond PC, and then some! Also bothersome for me is that the movie is utterly predictable as to how it's all going to play out. I made a mental bet with myself midway through as to how it'd all end up, and in fact that's how it pretty much ended up... Come on, surprise me already! The movie opened without any pre-release fanfare or advertising at my local art-house theater this past weekend. The week day evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great. I can't see this playing in theaters very long. "The Congressman" is well intended and I love watching Treat Williams and Elizabeth Marvel, but the movie simply doesn't have enough to make it strongly compelling viewing. Worth checking out if you are a Treat Williams or Elizabeth Marvel fan or are in the mood for an environmentally PC and light-hearted romantic-inclined movie.