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'LBJ': Not a biopic, per se, but a colorful watercolor . . .

of a man who wore many disguises during his political career.

First off, who would have picked Woody Harrelson, right? Well, Meathead did along with a lot of B-players you don't see so much. C Thomas Howell (trusted LBJ aide) and Richard Jenkins (Ga.'s Sen. Russell) stood out the most immediately to me. J. J. Leigh played an animated, caricature of Lady Byrd which fit into the narrative well. Reiner wasn't sure if this was a satire, comedy, or drama, so he gave us all three with Dallas worked into the story.

Reiner (Meathead lefty) showed LBJ's career rising and his reluctance to join the ticket as VP. Many were afraid he would lose all power that enjoyed in the Senate. He fearlessly charged ahead promising the Southerners he would be working for them from the inside.

One thing, Reiner made RFK an objectionable ass who literally hated LBJ. (This explains all the rumors of LBJ's involvement in plots and subterfuges.) This only changed after Lyndon publicly committed himself to brother John's intentions.

The script was clever with all of Lyndon's cursing, stories, and pearls of wisdom. And, Reiner kept this to LBJ's battles with Bobby and growing affinity to John. The cast was well polished but Jenkins, Harrellson, Leigh, and Donovan (JFK) really shined.

This is different, not a real biopic, not a historical account, but a broad look at the times and how they shaped LBJ into a civil right Snowflake.

Nothing but Boomers in the dark and that's all that will go.

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Topic - 'LBJ': Not a biopic, per se, but a colorful watercolor . . . - Billy Wonka 16:19:23 11/03/17 (10)


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