‘Gaslit’ Is a Lame Watergate Saga Not Worth the Brilliance of Julia Roberts

Gaslit walks through the Watergate scandal, focusing on the courageous efforts of Martha Mitchell – wife of President Richard Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell – to publicly blame the commander-in-chief for the infamous break-in and subsequent cover-up. Martha’s outspokenness led to humiliation, abuse, and ostracism, and Robbie Pickering’s Starz series (based on Leon Neyfakh’s podcast) Slow fire) wanted to reconfigure this infamous historical story as a case study of sexism. Too bad, then, it lacks the focus and perspective needed to make such a case, which could have been better achieved if the eight-part affair (April 24) were considered a feature-length film. two hours, minus all the redirects that turns it into a tagline with no purpose.

Martha was already a national figure when Nixon’s plumbers illegally infiltrated the Watergate Hotel, and as Julia Roberts shows, she was a hot Southern girl who didn’t care. interested in stepping on the road to being the spotlight. Roberts takes pride in Martha’s hair and attitude along with a star power magnetism that her real-life counterpart doesn’t have, and that disconnect is one of many elements in Pickering and director Matt’s series. Ross downplays its authenticity.

Opposite Roberts is Sean Penn in a fake suit and heavy makeup on his face, as John, Martha’s husband, whom Martha loves despite the fact that he looks like a three-chin horror movie monster in a suit (or tuxedo with a tail), as well as passing as a deterrent whether he is angry at his spouse or not so subtly smearing her celebrity flirting behavior . Penn loses himself in the role, but his John is an unfathomable macabre in every environment he lives in — a crucial issue considering the proceedings are desperate to make a tight action in which John is a self-serving villain and at the same time someone Martha can love (and therefore will be heartbreaking when he ends up betraying her).

Roberts and Penn are GaslitThe titles of the A-list are, if hardly, its sole focus. The pick-up also caught the attention of White House Counsel John Dean (Dan Stevens), an antagonist who wants to make peace with the president and, once the crash hits fans with Watergate, gets to work. Work hard to avoid becoming a hottie. Dean is awkwardly presented as both shady and sympathetic, and his career journeys are paired with his romantic adventures with Mo (Betty Gilpin), a flight attendant. whom he meets through a dating service and is eventually persuaded to become his wife, this regardless of her initials. the impression of him as someone who did the first job made an impression on me. Dean’s persistence pays off well for Mo, but thanks to her puzzling plot and ambiguous personality, it’s never fully understood why Mo decided to plunge herself into Dean’s wagon. .

There’s still a lot of trouble, Gaslit avoids portraying Nixon himself on camera — a rather obvious omission, given his main role in this story — and thus never conveys Dean’s main fault in the Watergate cover-up, or even is his relationship with the president. Since the couple’s meetings always take place off-screen, it’s often unclear whether Dean’s claims about his closeness to Nixon are exaggerated, imaginary, or valid (spoiler alert for those who don’t) like history: they are true). By removing Nixon in this way, Pickering’s story feels like it has a hole at its core, and its various stories thus resonate when tied only to the main plot.

Speaking of which, Gaslit also troubleshoots Operation Watergate’s leader G. Gordon Liddy (Shea Whigham), who is envisioned as a true believer who adores Hitler with a mental dedication to fulfilling his holy mission. Liddy is a lunatic who has a lot to do with the screwing up of the government, but he has little direct connection to Martha, the titular protagonist of the document, so the times The length in which Pickering and Ross reveled in their madness was time-padding passages. Whigham’s commit turn is extremely disturbing and largely superfluous, culminating in a seventh clip that features Liddy incarcerated in prison fighting a rat in solitary confinement unrelated to the rest of the group. action and it could exist in another series.

“By removing Nixon in this way, Pickering’s story feels like it has a hole at its core, and its various stories thus resonate when tied only to the main plot.”

The same can be said of almost every scene involving Frank Wills (Patrick Walker), the Watergate hotel security guard who first discovered the presence of thieves in the building (courtesy. of duct tape on the garage door), and later became a celebrity snap before returning to his hometown of Georgia. Hints of racism are made throughout Wills’ story, but his disdain doesn’t go well in tandem with Martha’s, as Pickering and Ross assume he’s just a friendly person without it. nothing special, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Then again, by not explicitly dramatizing Martha’s substance abuse as a problem that preceded Watergate or was caused by it (and its consequences), the show never describes describes how much of Martha’s victimization is the result of her lousy husband, and how much of it is due to her own omission. It was a portrait covered in mist, which was something similar to the one described by Dean and Wills.

Gaslit moves around the edges of Watergate, trying to focus on aspects of human interest (full of notable character actors in small parts) without conveying much of the big picture. Martha’s highly publicized hotel room abduction and domestic tribulations allow Roberts and Penn to take on epic stages, and Dean and Mo’s ups and downs allow Stevens and Gilpin to do the work. so. However, by not directly linking Dean or John to Nixon (who was treated like a ghost), the series fails to highlight their true guilt (and the depth of their crude self-preservation tactics). their crime), as well as the scope of the crime. While it is perfectly valid to view Nixon’s demise through a unique angle, Martha is too shaken and personal to provide such a fresh perspective, and the means of pervasiveness that Pickering and Ross recounting their story only exacerbated the feeling that people couldn’t see the woods for the trees.

A feature film could have been more successful focusing on Martha as the sole voice of reason in the wilderness, ruined her honesty by authoritarian, racist conservative men. gender and the society they create. Gaslit However, so scattered, that all often lost track of her.

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Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: hung@interreviewed.com.

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