Week 4: All the King's Men
If Robin Hood was the most obvious of our political movies this year, All the King’s Men may be the most unsettling: a populist politician with the good intentions of an idealist is transformed by the realities of power and politics.
All the King’s Men has a highly decorated history: the novel it’s based on, by the same name, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning three of them: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In addition, it also won five Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Leading), and Best Actress (Supporting).
For those who’ve wondered if power would corrupt us, watching ambition supersede belief for both our main characters may serve as a warning. In an environment steeped in power struggles, money, and secrets, both perspective and morality can become skewed.
All the King’s Men is a complex and rich movie, weaving interactions of multiple characters into a narrative that is earnest, gritty, and real. There are redemptions and damnations, love and loss, arrogance and despondency.
You want political noir? We got political noir.
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