The stranger in the car park
- All the President's Men review by BP
This film was a real disappointment to me - I thought Spotlight and the Post were excellent movies but this one really not.
I do appreciate it is an older movie and therefore the inspiration for subsequent Journalist movies such as the above, but still...
The movie seemed to have no structure. Essentially it appeared to consist of a repetition of the following :
1) Redford and Hoffman typing furiously then walking unreasonably quickly across their office to avoid missing the daily deadline (would it really have mattered if each of their stories had appeared in the next day's paper?)
2) Redford and Hoffman Turning up at people's houses/offices to ask them questions. Initially each person is reluctant to talk. Then with minimal cajoling, then talk at length.
Despite this the protagonists make painfully slow progress until eventually the 'mystery' is resolved by Redford who visits a random stranger in a car park for the third time. The stranger, presumably as fed up as the rest of us that the movie is now 2 hours old and no sign of a conclusion, basically tells Redford the solution.
It seems a shame that the stranger didn't just say this to Redford towards the beginning and the film could have been 30 minutes long.
No film is without positives in my opinion and Jason Robards is just great.
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