Saturday, November 19, 2016

All the President's Men (1976)

There are times where messages in movies are important. However, nothing can replace true stories that tackle some of the most important events in history without steering it to match a narrative or agenda. Unfortunately, that is an art form that seems to have been bypassed in recent years, replaced by storylines that seem to mirror the agendas of the ruling classes of the establishment. This plague has not only overtaken Hollywood, but it has overwhelmed the main stream media and majority of newsprint outlets, which act more like propaganda arms than actual news outlets. One movie that shows the importance of clear journalism is the 1976 classic All the President’s Men.

Plot/ Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Every once in a while I have to sprinkle in a classic on the sight. While there is really nothing more that I can add to a review, this is a movie that must be kept in the spotlight, and actually in some ways still has tremendous relevance today. In this era of subpar journalism, where the mainstream media acts more like a propaganda wing for the establishment, this movie demonstrates the true power of the press. Based on the true story of reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and their tenacious investigation of the Watergate scandal, this movie succeeds even though the events are known. Between the Oscar-winning script, the amazing performances, and the natural tension everything works to perfection. In the end, this is a movie that is fact, and a movie that journalists or those interested in journalism watch and digest in its entirety. There is no agenda or hidden messages; it is just a tremendous reminder of when politics mattered less than the truth.

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