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Truly dreadful, and a complete waste of a decent cast. Don't bother.
West how just bolt Hartley Davitson not AMF all the K ings men
Clever movie. Great acting. It is intense, and educational. As it is based on an element of truth. The characters are fictional, but based loosely on a real person.
Charismatic Southern politician Willie Stark's (Sean Penn) idealism and good intentions give way to corruption after he becomes governor of Louisiana. Unfortunately for Stark, his right-hand man (Jude Law) retains the same good moral fibre he had when the men both entered the political arena.
Huey Long was a fascinating character. A natural born orator with a vision of the White House, he was genuine in his belief in the power of the ordinary people. He railed against vested interests and corruption only to fall prey to it when in power. He made Louisiana into his fiefdom complete with a Praetorian Guard of jackbooted thugs. He polarised opinions. Had he survived he might have split the vote with FDR and let a Republican in.
Pretty much NONE of this makes it into this movie. Our focus should be on Willie Stark, the avatar for Huey Long. Instead the plot continually veers way to a sub-noir plotline featuring Jude Law and his relationship with Kate Winslet. After a rousing start Sean Penn disappears in the second half, with occasional shots of him with a Benny Hill leer at some sleazy clip joint.
Given the political meat that could have been chewed on - corruption, power, populism, paranoia - it's just a pity that the only thing chewed is the scenery.
With an ensemble cast including the great Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins plus a great Robert Penn Warren story you'd expect this to be better. Instead it's clunky and full of largely meaningless diversions and flashbacks. Plot lines are never fully developed and the dark and dreary setting is only exacerbated by bad storytelling.
This movie desperately wants to be good but unfortunately does not succeed. It was a boring and lost my interest during the first act.
A lot of weaknesses but saved by Penn, Gandolfini, and Hopkins.
Just a long tedious bore with an over the top(too much so) performance by Penn.
What an amzing cast. Too bad they are left to hanging on a slippery rope as they hang themselves. Sean Penn takes the lead, but he is misguided. His performance is way over the top and the film is too unfocused to be very interesting. The original 1949 Oscar winning film is far superior.