All the President’s Men

All the President's Men

Follow the money.

The Watergate break-in and subsequent resignation of President Nixon is undoubtedly one of the leading candidates for story of the century. All the President’s Men, directed by Alan J. Pakula, attempts to cover just how the story was unearthed, and the lengths the reporters (played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) went to to find the truth. This is about a realistic a film as you could want on the subject; nothing is sensationalized, and everything is very square and properly placed, so if you’re looking for a gripping tale of journalistic thrills, sadly you might want to look elsewhere.

The film goes about in detail the investigative journalism that went into uncovering the Watergate break-in; that’s the main sell of the film, so if you’re not interested in a barely-Hollywoodized version of how reporters do their jobs, then this won’t be all that interesting for you. Frankly, I was surprised such a tame film got so much good talent involved in it; perhaps because it was the story of the century, but still. I’m really left at a loss of things to say about this film; everything about it was well done, from the acting to the direction to the editing, but nothing really stands out as particularly memorable. That really fits the film to a T; well done, but not overtly entertaining.

Honestly, I wasn’t too thrilled with this one. It was great, and extraordinarily made, but there was no wow factor, nothing that really put it over the top as a great film other than the fact that it’s well made. There’s really not a whole lot that this film has going for it, entertainment wise; most of the rating is just how extremely well made the film is, rather than how entertaining it is. Normally, my ratings would take into account the opposite, but I felt bad about giving this any less than what I did. Take a grain of salt along with this one, and make sure you know you won’t be bored watching it.

Arbitrary Rating: 8/10

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