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A story to tell, but not told especially well in the second half.
It was a realistic movie about a true story that we are very familiar with here in Turkey. I was also glad to see our Haluk Bilginer in the movie too. It was good but too uneventful for me.
Well acted, but lacked the emotional punch of the source material. Also Gael García Bernal doesn't seem like the right actor to play a Persian.
Despite an ambitious effort from Jon Stewart and a solid performance from Gael Garcia Bernal, Rosewater does not build up its lead character, is badly paced, overacted in a supporting performance, and is ultimately unemotional and contains some questionable choices in terms of editing.
Beautiful movie. The acting and directing feels effortless. Everything Jon Stewart touches is 100% perfection.
The best of the best drams people ever seen.
Delivers what it sets out to, and does so effectively - but falls short of exceptional status.
Jon Stewart's portrayal of Maziar Bahari's wrongful imprisonment is gripping, but it's tailored for English-speaking audiences.
Since Jon Stewart vacated his post as longtime host of The Daily Show earlier this year, the internet has been rampant with articles speculating the famed comedian's next career move. Regardless of your political affiliations, it is safe to say that Stewart's presence is missed amongst the varying voices in the American political discourse. While only Stewart knows for sure what his next move will be, his directorial and screenwriting debut Rosewater may offer one plausible explanation.
The film chronicles the story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari as he is imprisoned in Iran for his coverage of the country's presidential election. The 2009 election resulted in outrage as reigning president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a landslide victory over his independent reformist challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Domestic protests soon erupted as many citizens felt that the election results were fraudulent. The government swiftly went into action, banning any media, public demonstrations, or other forms of resistance from being proclaimed.
Maziar Bahari was covering these protests when he witnessed government violence against the peaceful demonstrators. Despite being warned by local contacts against filming any government reactions, Bahari's journalistic instincts moved him to capture the outrageous event. As it did with so many other reporters, the Iranian government soon intervened and imprisoned Bahari. For 115 days, the journalist endured merciless interrogations for simply reporting on the truth.
Jon Stewart trades in his comedic sensibilities for this bare-knuckle look at journalistic injustice. Based upon Bahari's own book about his experiences during his incarceration, Rosewater paints a bleak picture of Iran's treatment of visiting journalists and its corrupt political system. Bahari's story shows the lengths that the country was willing to go to in order to maintain the propaganda of a compassionate and beloved leader. From a political standpoint, Stewart does an excellent job in creating outrage at Bahari's unjustified treatment. Unfortunately, brief glimpses at Bahari's pregnant wife who is waiting desperately for her husband to return to their London home, do little to humanize the situation. This denies the film of ever truly connecting on an emotional level. It ends up coming off as a well-informed but slightly cold news feature. Still, Stewart's penchant for revealing political commentary is well served in this medium and makes Rosewater an important achievement in what hopefully becomes a fruitful filmmaking career.
Rosewater is the true story of an Iranian journalist, now based in London, who is imprisoned for four months after reporting on events following the controversial 2009 elections. It's the debut film for satirist Jon Stewart and he has done a solid job showing injustice, distortion of truth in a clever and revealing way. It's an earnest film that depicts events well but it just lacks a true emotional punch. Which is surprising considering the subject matter. Still, a worthwhile and solid film.