John Buchanan, Param Gill
Most of us remember that time when Donald Trump announced he was running for president of the good old USA, and from what I can recall, it was a funny as hell idea. A joke that surely couldn't be real... could it? Then, the unbelievable happened. Trump won. Scandal after scandal, a constant penchant to put his own foot in his mouth, and he still managed to win. There are so many conspiracy theories chronicling how he pulled it off, but what if the truth is more outlandish than any theory out there? That truth? That President Trump had some help... and more than a little. From who you ask? Why... the devil himself, otherwise known as Luther.
"Bad President" serves as a point by point revisiting of Trump's rise to president, shown through the eyes of the devil himself. More or less. The film opens with Luther, AKA the Devil, complaining about the state of affairs on Earth. He, along with the help of his minions, decide Trump would be an amazing leader - not so much for the country, but to serve the needs of hell itself. Back on earth, Trump announces his plans with a less than stellar reaction - but a funny one nonetheless.
As the film progresses, and the devil turns up the heat in order to get Trump to agree to his help, we are treated to a slew of the various situations Trump encountered during his election period. We're reminded that joking aside, this man should never have been elected and yet... he was. For those who still can't believe how it ever happened in the first place, "Bad President" offers a humorous take on a possible reason. Well, maybe not literally - but a good enough possible scenario to make for an entertaining film. So rub on that orange makeup and disengage your rational brain for a while because Param Gill's film is about to begin.
Let's cut right to it, shall we? This movie is more of a love letter to those who don't support President Trump, and to those who can't believe he was elected in the first place. With that said, even if you are a Trump supporter, there is still a lot here to laugh at so long as you keep in mind this film is a satire. If you can't do that, I would recommend staying as far away from "Bad President" as you possibly can. Still here? Great, let me make one more thing clear. Jeff Rector's makeup, to make him look like Trump, is hilarious - and that along with the really bad wig makes his portrayal all the funnier. Vocally, Rector really nails it... and it's funny as shit to watch.
Obviously, props also have to be given to Eddie Griffin who plays Luther - but did you expect anything other than awesome? Even through some of the more ridiculous scenes, Griffin held my attention - the scenes with him and Rector together are hilarious. But the real fun is kept in motion by the entire cast, and there are a lot of people. It feels like everyone had a blast making this film - I can imagine a lot of laughter on set that translated to some real fun onscreen.
Keeping in mind this is a low-budget production, I was actually surprised at how well most of it worked. At times, that sense of not having a lot of cash actually worked out for this film. Reminding us that this is a satire, and should definitely not be taken all that seriously. I can't say that every joke landed where it should have, or that all of the visual elements worked - only that when the credits rolled I laughed more than a few times. And that's what it's all about, isn't it? Laughing in the face of sheer madness? If you feel like you're riding the same train of thought as I am, this film comes highly recommended. Four stars and a thumbs up to all involved.