Path to War Reviews

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Super Reviewer
February 25, 2012
A thorough and effective examination of the Johnson presidency, focusing on the escalating involvement in Vietnam that would eventually undue his administration. Very well written, the film always feels realistic, often re-creating scenes with verbatim historical transcripts. Michael Gambon's Lyndon Johnson is uncanny, he captures the overbearing, homespun demeanor he was known for, while also replicating his mannerisms perfectly. Overall, I would argue the film was far too kind to Johnson, conveying him as more of a victim of circumstance, who found himself in over his head and refusing to cut his losses, and whose otherwise lofty achievements (the mythical "Great Society" programs of dubious effectiveness) go unnoticed. Still, it was very effective in showing a conflicted man, reminding me almost of Oliver Stone's Nixon. Similarly, Alec Baldwin's McNamara was surprisingly authentic, showing a brilliant, though naive, man of cool demeanor. The running time is a bit bloated, but well worth it for history/political buffs.

4/5 Stars
½ August 11, 2008
It was good. It's about the Lyndon Banes Johnson Presidency and the Vietnam conflict that happened during his administration. It was good and I'd recommend it, if you like presidential movies.
March 5, 2015
Fellow junkies of well made, albeit slower and possibly boring to some (not forcefully fabricated to be made entertaining say like our your beloved Kevin Spacey cartoon, er show, House of Cards). might enjoy going back to this made for TV, long, movie you maybe never saw...directed by the terrific varied filmmaker John Frankehimer, who's many masterpieces include the old Black and White Seconds, the oringal Manchurian Candidate, and much later the under-loved DeNiro flick Ronin, which seems to age well..and more...with a top notch cast and a smart accurate seeming script...as lower budget affairs often do, they blend in some stock footage, well...BRit actor Michael Gambon (the second Dumbeldorf) is solid as LBJ as was TOm Wikinson this year in selma, altho neither captured the homely Texan madness as might be best suited to see on screen someday....the supporting ast are strong, with familiar faces, and the real gem as it were is an unsuspectingly good Alec Baldwin as one of history's greastiest and oddly compelling and disutrbing figures Robert McMamarna...anyway, if you are even reading this, you would now by now if this type of thing appeals to you...if so, enjoy....if not, well House of Cards awaits to tickle your light toes, or whatever...or steer clear of political and historical narrative...das cool too...me, i likes em sometimes...ah yes the cast also includes Tom SKerrit and the always amazing somehow Donald Sutherland...some people...
February 19, 2014
A well made and acted historical drama that unfortunately lacks focus and feels like its trying to show too much.
October 29, 2012
made LBJ seem very sympathetic like he was a victim
Super Reviewer
February 25, 2012
A thorough and effective examination of the Johnson presidency, focusing on the escalating involvement in Vietnam that would eventually undue his administration. Very well written, the film always feels realistic, often re-creating scenes with verbatim historical transcripts. Michael Gambon's Lyndon Johnson is uncanny, he captures the overbearing, homespun demeanor he was known for, while also replicating his mannerisms perfectly. Overall, I would argue the film was far too kind to Johnson, conveying him as more of a victim of circumstance, who found himself in over his head and refusing to cut his losses, and whose otherwise lofty achievements (the mythical "Great Society" programs of dubious effectiveness) go unnoticed. Still, it was very effective in showing a conflicted man, reminding me almost of Oliver Stone's Nixon. Similarly, Alec Baldwin's McNamara was surprisingly authentic, showing a brilliant, though naive, man of cool demeanor. The running time is a bit bloated, but well worth it for history/political buffs.

4/5 Stars
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