On the cover of it, this movie does look as if this will be another biopic with and average depiction of a reasonably interesting story, but I genuinely loved this movie. Written and directed by James Vanderbilt, I was enticed into this story for the full 121 minutes.
Mary Mapes uncovers information about President George Bush’s military history which was then broadcasted on a CBS 60 Minutes report soon before Bush’s re-election in 2004. Mary and the anchor presenting the report, Dan Rather faced fierce criticism over the accuracy of the report and the validity of documents to back it up.
Cate Blanchett played a feisty and confident television producer named Mary Mapes. The character really came across to me and I felt empathetic towards her, I wanted her to win this debate on whether there was enough factual information for her report, I wanted her to prove everyone wrong and show that there wasn’t political motivation behind it.
Dan Rather stood behind Mary’s investigations and her story. I liked the relationship between the two leading characters and the feeling that they are in this together. Robert Redford’s interpretation of Dan was incredible. He did suit the role of a news anchor.
Before seeing this movie I had no idea of the questions over President Bush’s military history, I didn’t know about the programs that aired about this, but Truth really does make you think and does make you want to find out more about this story.
One of the big pieces of news around this movie now is that Viacom/CBS is refusing to run adverts for Truth. A CBS spokesperson said “It’s astounding how little truth there is in ‘Truth”. Whether it’s true of not, I think Truth is an extremely interesting movie and a very well told story. I might even go as far as saying that this could be my favourite from London Film Festival.