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Special Correspondents review: A dramedy that’s better off without the comedy

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Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais on the set of Netflix's Special Correspondents

Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais on the set of Netflix's Special Correspondents

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Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais on the set of Netflix's Special Correspondents

by Andrew Okwuosah, Digital Editor

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A good journalism movie always makes my day, reminding me about the reasons that I love doing what I do. Thus, my eyeballs were filled with excitement when I first heard about Special Correspondents.

The Netflix original movie stars Eric Bana as a journalist for New York-based radio station Q365, along with Ricky Gervais as Bana’s engineer, as they report from an Ecuadorian war zone. However, due to a series of hilarity-inducing events, the duo ends up reporting from an apartment across the street from Q365’s headquarters.

The plot is extremely intriguing, but the film’s comedic aspects weigh heavily on its true strengths. Special Correspondents offers a story that’s absolutely gutwrenching and dynamic on multiple fronts with lead characters that are easy to have empathy for despite their stereotypical relationship.

However, the comedy is where the film falls flat. Most of the time, the jokes made were almost nonsensical and seemed like they belong more in modern-day Family Guy rather than an episode of HBO’s The Newsroom. It was painfully obvious that the comedy was meant to be relief, and I could feel myself trying to resist the urge to see how much more of this I would have to endure whenever Gervais would get onto a character for mis-characterizing his Marvel “dollies.”

Overall, Special Correspondents is a film I can easily recommend for fans of suspense or exquisite storytelling, and is really well done.

Special Correspondents is available to stream now exclusively on Netflix.

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