What did I think it was? A political drama inside the White House, something that would actually show us… inside. I thought we’d see at least some of the President’s men, buuuuuut we saw a lot more of the President’s men’s female employees. And I’m a little pissed off that this could have been about
What did I think it was?
A political drama inside the White House, something that would actually show us… inside. I thought we’d see at least some of the President’s men, buuuuuut we saw a lot more of the President’s men’s female employees. And I’m a little pissed off that this could have been about how women exposed this story to a bunch of pushy journalists, but alas, I’ll never be satisfied with films made by and for white men.
What was it?
The reason I finally understand Watergate. Also likely the reason SPOTLIGHT ended up winning an Oscar a few years back, I see how this is similar and why voters responded to it. It is a detailed look into what journalists go through to break world-bending stories. Pressaganda is absolutely necessary, as it’s an unofficial branch of the American government, and this is the tentpole to the genre.
Also, I finally grasp the entire reference of Deep Throat, getting one last piece of the puzzle from this film.
Great understated performances from an energetic Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein, calm and collected Robert Redford as Bob Woodward, and the elegant Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee. The effortless style of understated realism made for an extra enjoyable treat. I felt like I had stumbled upon a found footage documentary at times.
If this movie was released today exactly as-is, it would be entirely ignored. But it is a 1976 award-winner because of the content (IP permissions) and the talent. Beautiful tracking shots through a chaotic and exciting newsroom were coupled with extra-long moments of typing and long hallway establishing moments. I’ve seen homages throughout all of cinema that originated here. Yet, not a moment was splashy.
The every-day look into journalism is what I enjoyed the most. I appreciate a good scandal film, but the mystery and stranger-than-fiction quality makes this one stand out to me.
The writer, William Goldman, won an Oscar for this piece. And I couldn’t agree with this win more. From “William Goldman Turned Reporters into Heroes in “All the President’s Men” By Jordan Orlando, from 2018:
Should you watch it?
I recommend watching, for sure. But, beware, this movie doesn’t have an ending. At some point, it’ll just STOP and you’ll be wondering why. I’ve been spoiled from decades of films learning how to satisfy an audience, this film felt premature in its departure.
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