Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, the Hugh Jackman led HBO film Bad Education.
The beloved superintendent of New York’s Roslyn school district and his staff, friends and relatives become the prime suspects in the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in American history.
The first act of the from lays the groundwork, reveals a little about what is to come. Jackman is solid in this role so far. He has that political like feel to him which is perfect for this role.
Bad Education struggles in the middle portion of the movie. Corrupt people, doing corrupt things, and covering them up is something we have seen a million times. They don’t do anything to make it different from the countless other films that have done this.
The writing for Pam Gluckin and the casting of Allison Janney in the role was brilliant. She stole the show with her high and mighty performance. They did a wonderful job making her an easy villain.
I didn’t hate Hugh Jackman, but this felt very much LOOK AT ME, GIVE ME AN OSCAR NOMINATION, performance.
The film played like a mediocre made for TV drama movies that would play on TNT. Take out the names (Jackman, Janney), and we might have even had this on Lifetime.
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