All the King’s Men (2006, Movie) – 4/10 review

Sean Penn: Willie Stark
Jude Law: Jack Burden
Kate Winslet: Anne Stanton
James Gandolfini: Tiny Duffy
Mark Ruffalo: Adam Stanton
Patricia Clarkson: Sadie Burke
Kathy Baker: Mrs. Burden
Jackie Earle Haley: Sugar Boy
Anthony Hopkins: Judge Irwin
Producer: Steven Zaillian
Writer (Original Book): Robert Penn Warren
Writer (Screenplay): Steven Zaillian
Director: Steven Zaillian

All the King’s Men (2006)

Governor Willie Stark finds himself facing impeachment proceedings but his methods of ensuring a favourable outcome by identifying opponents weaknesses give those in his circle choices which they should find harder than they do.


Unconvincing political drama scuppered by an uninteresting and unlikable not-quite-charismatic Lousiana Governor Willie Stark played with much acting by Sean Penn. Scenes between Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins and Jude Law and Kate Winslet are much more interesting and it’s probably these that were enough to make me stick with the movie. The moral choices their characters make are worthy of thought but adapter / director Steven Zaillian and composer James Horner are so busy making sure the film is important and meaningful that they buried anything important and meaningful under layers of chest-puffing and self-aggrandisement. The thick accents are occasionally impenetrable for non-Louisiana residents but that’s not the film’s fault.

This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and extreme gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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