DVD Review: Political Animals
I watched Political Animals after finishing season one of House of Cards, wrongly assuming that because Ellen Ripley was playing the lead character, it would be a serious drama with side of kick-arse.
Whilst Political Animals has the skeleton for a fairly decent first season of a potentially long running political drama, it stumbles and falls through it’s double standards, by trying to be overtly politically correct in places and by going down the road of a daytime soap opera.
Even in her role as Ellen Mitchell playing opposite Kevin Kline in 1993’s political comedy, Dave, Sigourney Weaver shows more serious acting chops than her take no prisoners, attempt in taking the White House in Political Animals.
It’s a shame really, because I really thought Weaver could make a great female counterpart to the much loved Jed Bartlet.
Though, if you do like your daytime soaps, but want a little more political punch than Days of Our Lives can offer (is that show still running?) then Political Animals might just be your cup of tea. Don’t get to attached however, as the show got canned at the end of it’s debut season.
Rating: M Drug use & sexual references.
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