Wed. Oct 28th, 2020

MVFF38 Preview: ‘TRUTH,’ starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford

Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth
From left; Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett and Bruce Greenwood in Truth

 

Based on the book “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President and the Power of Privilege” by Pulitzer and Emmy winning television producer Mary Mapes and detailing the explosive story of then President George W. Bush’s questionable history with the National Guard during the Vietnam War, Truth is a riveting piece of cinema with a powerhouse performance by two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett as Mapes. When reporting and fact-checking of the story comes back at her and legendary CBS anchor Dan Rather (played by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford) their livelihoods hang in the balance.

Writer-director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) has a good ear for journalistic dialogue and ‘freedom of the press’ speeches but there are a few first-time directors traps he falls into. A few scenes of slow motion feel a bit amateurish and the (should have ben) subtextual father-daughter relationship between Rather and Mapes gets underlined unnecessarily. Those don’t take away too much from the impact of the story though as his adaptation of Mapes’s book is extraordinarily detailed and engrossing.

Truth, from Sony Pictures Classics, will be at the Mill Valley Film Festival Friday, October 16th and Sunday, October 18th and hit theaters in limited release on October 16th before going wide.

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