The good ol’ papers
Obviously this is not a new release, unless I’ve woken up in 1976. If I have woken up in 1976, allow me to invent the internet so I can speak to you all.
…there. You may erect a statue of me in your own time, preferably next to a some sort of breathtaking scenic view. Also, I want to be on the money. I don’t mean “on the money”, I’m always ‘on the money’, I mean I literally want my face printed on the money. Any money, I don’t care. What’s that, inventing the internet isn’t important enough to be on the money? How about being the first time traveller, is that significant? Jesus, 1976 is a tough crowd to please, but I digress…
So, a week ago I was pointed in the direction of All the President’s Men. I was assured that it was not just a good film, nor a great film, but a perfect film. Apparently everything about this movie is meant to be flawless, from the lighting to the performances and beyond. Well, I’m afraid I don’t agree with that estimation, but I do think it’s good.
All The President’s Men tells the story of investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, played by Redford and Hoffman. As they report on a recent break in at a government building, they begin to uncover the notorious Watergate scandal.
The best thing about the movie is the atmosphere. You really get the feeling of what it’s like to be a reporter. The stress, the sacrifices, and the thrill of the hunt is all detailed. The first half of the film has you asking yourself why people even do this job, and the other half gives you the answer. The ability to change the world by uncovering corruption is an important and privileged position with a lot of responsibility baked into the cake. Some people just love it, and our lives are all better because of it. That’s not to say that journalism is incorruptible, far from it, but here we have a glaring example of what a pure, honest , moral media can accomplish.
I warn you, however; do not expect an action adventure. The ups and downs of this story take place in typewriters and on telephones. It’s about the construction of a case with enough power to remove the most influential man in the country, but still there are no car chases. This is a tale of mounting pressure and bending loyalty. In fact it’s fairly complicated in parts, so make sure you pay attention. Much like in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy mannerisms are key. Watch closely, listen intently, follow the trail, hear the account, and enjoy a wonderful classic.