The Oath (0/1 Hats)


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Just saw “The Oath” – News Yourself. Conclusion: 4/10. Political satire can be a tough line to walk. While “The Oath” has the energy necessary to cast itself into those waters, it lacks a clear enough message. The movie’s about Chris, a progressively-minded news junkie, (Ike Barinholtz) and his wife Kai, (Tiffany Haddish) who struggle to navigate their feelings about a new loyalty oath the government is asking citizens to voluntarily sign with their family during Thanksgiving. The movie hits on several of the smaller, humorous aspects of families with disparate politics coming together for Thanksgiving. It’s with the big picture stuff the movie starts to stumble. Chris takes a purely idealistic and hostile view towards the oath while some others are shown to be sympathetic to Chris, but have a more pragmatic stance. This is where the fence straddling mostly begins and ends and the narrative start to become repetitive. Certainly, a truth-is-in-the-middle stance is perfectly valid, but the movie doesn’t pick through the rubble to find where that is. With political satire, I believe the foundation is picking an observation or position about the world and then building around that. Whereas “The Oath” just picks a framing device and builds from there. The result is a movie that looks more clever than it actually is. #FreeMason #EverybodyHatesChris #FamilyKai #TazeOfOurLives #GottaHearOathSides

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