Party Politics: An American Satire (2012) – By Josh Samford

As of this writing, election season is finally winding down. When this review is actually published, we will be quite close to having another election behind us here in the United States. Yet, if there is anything that this particular election has taught me, it is not to take politics as serious as many of my friends. While we all feel that there is a lot riding on any given presidential election, I personally do not feel it is worth the disagreements that I have seen over the past month. Friendships have been dissolved over Facebook, fights have nearly commenced, and overall I have seen a very negative vibe spread throughout various communities. So, Party Politics: An American Satire seems to hit at just the right time, and it doesn’t hurt that it is smart enough to generally poke fun without making itself overtly simplistic.

Party Politics: An American Satire is a political comedy following the happenings of a dinner party that awaits the arrival of its main guest. The camera wanders the room, intersecting various conversations and listening to a wide variety of talking-points that are espoused by various groups.

Although I wouldn’t say that Party Politics leans in any single political direction, it does poke fun at the idyllic left wing quite a bit. Yet, this may only stand out because such satire is usually reserved strictly against the right wing. Overally, the short manages to poke fun at nearly every ridiculous segment of the political waters within the US. We have the Alex Jones parroting conspiracy theorist, the right wing fool arguing about non-issues such as Obama’s religious values (or playing ridiculously naïve about the way the world works), and then the leftist ideologues who clamor about Obama, his change, and his fulfilled promises. Ultimately, Party Politics shows off the sad divisions that manage to separate all segments of our society.

Aside from being a very fun parody of the divisive times in which we live, Party Politics is also quite the fun little experiment in terms of its technical achievements. At fifteen minutes long, the short is made all the more impressive due to it apparently being shot in one take. To be perfectly honest, this feature alone made it worth watching. I am a big fan of long single take shots that feature elaborate choreography, and Party Politics does this while also featuring a lot of dialogue, some very charismatic performances, and some very smooth camerawork. Without a doubt, this is one worthy of your time. It’s up for free on YouTube, and I highly recommend viewers give it fifteen minutes of their time. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq54bYmG5UQ