A Solid, Refreshing Script with Brilliant Direction. Hugh Jackman gave An Award-winning performance.
Director: Cory Finley
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Alison Janney, Geraldine Viswanathan.
Genre: Drama, Biography, Thriller
Premise: Bad Education (2019), based on a true story of America’s most massive school theft, a scandal of 11 million dollars from the Roslyn school district. Prime suspects are Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman), Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney). Frank Tassone, superintendent of Roslyn district schools who sincerely cares about students, does what’s best for their students, remembers everyone’s name, and is overly concerned about his physical appearance. Pam Glukin is a hard-working, trusted assistant superintendent. Everything goes smoothly until a student investigates for funds for her school article.
Review: Bad Education is absolutely captivating; for some, the first 30 min might seem a little boring. It builds characters and sets the environment for the big thing. After that movie elevates, it instantly hooks until the end. We see another side of the characters, unfolding the story through student journalists. The story unravels interestingly written by Mike Makowsky (he was in middle school in the Roslyn school district during this real scandal). After watching the movie, surprised to know this is the only his second directorial film by Cory Finley. He did a great job.
Hugh Jackman easily the best part of the movie. With his charisma, deep acting, facial expressions, as the film progresses, he changes shades of character really given a Masterclass acting. Not only in the movie in real life, Hugh Jackman worked as a teacher, and also remembers his student’s name, as we all know how nice this guy is. For me, this is the best acting of Hugh Jackman after Les Misérables (2012), Prisoners (2013). Alison Janney’s performance was amazing.
Conclusion: A character study of how these two individuals, reasonably good people, did a bad unacceptable. Bad Education is brilliantly written and directed. Terrific performance By Hugh Jackman. My rating is 7.5/10.
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