Might be urgent to all Americans to watch this film in their darkest times since you know when... (just kidding). The plot is relatively puzzling. Maybe the script-writer assumes that most Americans at that times may have well-followed the Watergate's stories back in 1976, lol. the soundtrack is very good.
A film predicated upon the journalistic process more-so than telling or abiding by any kind of cohesive or conventional narrative structure. A bold tipping point for "New Hollywood" filmmaking as it drags the audience through the realms of making the audience involved in every false lead and wrong number.
Watergate. It happened 44 years ago, but it still reflects our present time. This is about how far politicians are willing to go in order to stay in power. The answer is: very, very far. And this is about what journalism can do about it: to investigate. And this is what "Wood-Stein" did. And of course you need a editor-guy, with balls, like Ben Bradlee had. Alan J. Pakula's masterpiece.
Perfect thriller starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in their prime about one of the most influential scandals in modern political history. Throughout the film I was mostly fascinated by the cinematography, that immerses in slow and bleak takes of office buildings and Washington's urban landscapes and creates an immensely suspenseful atmosphere of danger and suspicion. Essential.
Political films always have the potential to be a bore, so it's a feat in it of itself when one is this entertaining. It's visually rich and always engaging. Hoffman and Redford are on the top of their games. There is really not much to criticize here. A solidly made film about journalism and it's importance in our society. The good it can do, in opposition to the to the bad rep it usually gets.
What could have easily been another prestige film possesses an unusual power thanks to Gordon Willis' photography. With shadowy blacks that swell onscreen like pools of ink, and locations that frequently look desolate, even in daylight, the filmmakers conjure up an almost apocalyptic sense of paranoia, perfect for this tale of two individuals up against a System that seems infinite in both its power and reach.