Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, is based on CBS producer/journalist Mary Mapes' memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. It chronicles a controversy months before the 2004 presidential election that saw CBS under scrutiny for doing a story on 60 Minutes about a document that may have proven that George W. Bush had gone AWOL during his time in the military. Upon further speculation, it was concluded that the source was deemed unreliable. This is, over anything, an acting showcase and Cate Blanchett flexes her acting chops to the max in this film, as does most of the cast, but Blanchett stands out over all the rest. As far as the plot goes, James Vanderbilt did a fine job translating a well known story to the silver screen. If you are at all thinking about seeing this film, I would encourage you to do so based on Cate Blanchett's performance alone. Watch out for an awesome rage-fueled monologue from Topher Grace in the movie as well. Truth is honestly every bit worth seeing in theaters, for sure.
Here's a list of my personal favorite adapted screenplays from real-life events that Truth will surely join the ranks of:
Moneyball has slowly become my second favorite baseball movie behind the classic Field of Dreams. Brad Pitt brings a restrained performance to a movie about what goes on behind-the-scenes of a Major League Baseball team. Being a former player and avid fan, I can't think of any real flaws in this movie. It is that good.
Argo is the movie that solidified Ben Affleck's status among Hollywood's elite talent. This movie brought real tension and drama to a movie that could've been extremely boring. And Affleck also doesn't get enough credit for his acting in this film, and I am very excited to see him play the new Batman.
Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is one of the best modern war films in years. Though it's not a typical war movie as it focuses mainly on CIA operatives, then some soldiers toward the end of the film. This film includes some truly great performances, particularly from Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong in the form of a brilliant bit of monologue. Regardless of your political beliefs, this is a movie that must be seen.
The Social Network
David Fincher gave us another masterpiece that we weren't expecting with The Social Network. Thanks to some great performances from the cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and a surprisingly good turn from Justin Timberlake, this movie became the talk of America as just about everybody and their mother has Facebook now. This movie is so entertaining that you will forget that it's based on a (mostly) true story.
The Fighter, directed by David O. Russell is one of the best boxing flicks you will ever see. And it is an acting showcase to behold. Almost every main character was nominated for an Oscar. This movie turned Christian Bale from great actor to living legend as he turned in his best performance of his career. This movie holds a special place in my heart as I also have a dysfunctional family, which makes it relatable. If this movie doesn't make you stand up and cheer, you have no soul.