All in favor …
Continuing with his ultimately American themes (friendship, loyalty, nationhood, overcoming obstacles and betrayal, triumph) and topics (he’s previously gone through the likes of war, sports, nature and consumerist culture) with his newest he gets to the heart of the New World. Year 1865, amongst the faint foundations of democracy in post Civil War Washington, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the conspiracy behind it shocks America. The Conspirator is a courtroom drama set between the tensions of innocence and guilt, right and wrong and mother and son.
Starring the ever wonderful and often old-worldly James McAvoy (half of his oeuvre is made of period pieces) and the underrated Robin Wright for me this is a must see; for some reason I’ve been really interested in the history of the beginnings of the United States for a couple of months now, watching a bunch of documentaries and reading books about the Civil War, native Americans and George Washington. I’m pretty stocked about this, and it seems to buzzing with great performances by the likes of Kevin Kline and Tom Wilkinson, amazing character actors.
Not everyone though is a fan of the period piece, I get that. This seems more like a courtroom drama though, which is a very popular genre (at least I’m a huge fan). You guys going to catch this one or does just the trailer bore you to death?
Sic semper tyrannis.