by | Nov 2, 2015 | 0 comments

An Intermittent Script Brings Down the Efforts of a Great Cast

There are hundreds of movies that deal with journalism (All the Presidents Men, Ace in the Hole, Good Night and Good Luck); there was even a great TV series that dealt with it too (Newsroom), but what many don’t realize is that it’s a hard subgenre with high standards to live up to. Truth has brief flashes that remind us of those great movies, but the rest is all too bland. 

Truth is the true story of a “60 Minutes” news report that questioned the validity of President George W. Bush’s military record. The story was brought up by presenter Dan Rather’s (Robert Redford) producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), dug up with the help of her select crew of reporters (featuring Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, and Elisabeth Moss). The report’s validity, however, is later questioned with surmounting pieces of evidence, and this causes an incredible backlash on these elite reporters.

The film is a clear tribute to the journalistic career; it doesn’t shy away from showing they good and bad side so that it ends up giving us a pretty balanced narrative. The script by the director James Vanderbuilt, however, was incredibly irregular; there were some flashes of Aaron Sorkin-like exchanges in dialogue, but then there are extremely childish stumbles with incredibly cheap humor and illogical interjections. And the finale of the film is dragged on and on with so many loose ends tied that it feels more like a Disney movie than anything else.

Thankfully the cast is amazing. We have a fabulous Cate Blanchett who works so hard to get her role right; she not only portrays the incredible amount of emotions her character goes through, but she drops her Australian accent to don not only an American accent, but a faded Texan one as well (a la Frank Underwood from House of Cards). Robert Redford is incredibly adept at playing reporters (All the Presidents Men) so this is almost a walk in the park for him. What I was really surprised by was Topher Grace, he and Dennis Quaid (fantastic as well) have an incredible chemistry that helps some of the humor from the script land well. Grace had always been given blunt and boring supporting roles, and I was expecting more of the same here, but he simply bloomed with snappy comments and quick gestures, making him the most enjoyable parts of some scenes.

In the end the film is an incredibly interesting story, but that story is told with too irregular a script. The great cast is able to smooth out some rough ends, but not enough for the audience to not notice.  



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