Wow, was this an amazing year for films about journalism. Between this, Spotlight, and The End of the Tour, you have three different areas of journalism covered, each in its own different, beautiful way.
The acting in this film was absolutely amazing. Cate Blanchett was great as Mary Mapes, delivering a believable, emotional performance. Robert Redford was excellent as Dan Rather, but the supporting actor who I thought was most neglected was Topher Grace, who delivered a believable, funny, and intense role.
I thought that the story was amazingly written. It kept me constantly interested, and it was well told with great cinematography. There are a lot of memorable lines said in this movie, particularly by Redford's character. I liked the use of Dennis Quaid's character to help the audience understand some of the military terminology, but there was still a little bit left unexplained.
My only complaint is an issue with the music placement choices. There was a song that began before a montage (probably unnecessary) introducing the team of supporting characters that began at an odd place, too close to when Mapes finished speaking. This happened a couple of times throughout the film, but this isn't that big of a problem.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this film and thought that it was very well made. It joins the list of great journalism films of 2015.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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