White people crazy.
Welcome to the premiere of The Newsroom. Aaron Sorkin’s latest in his long line of entertainment about how affluent, fast-talking assholes have to save us from ourselves. Here it’s Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, the Jay Leno of news anchors, who loses his shit on some hapless college sophomore before he finds it again, but no one cares about that because no one cares about context or resolution once he starts blaming it all on vertigo medication. Will eventually decides to save the evening news by reporting it two years later the way it should have been reported two years earlier.
Helping him is Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie McHale, a woman who could have legally killed her parents for cursing her with such a perniciously, preciously, twee name, but instead will be his sparring partner/ex-girlfriend/current Executive Producer. She flits, she speechifies, she recites lines like she’s not used to speaking 200 words a minute, she puts her hands on her hips when she means business.
Sam Waterston is their big boss Charlie Skinner and he’s more often than not drunk off his ass.
They’re all surrounded by a bunch of overeducated, overly ambitious assistants, and associate producers and senior producers who spend most of the hour looking at computer monitors and speaking into phones. They’re very important and very busy. They also manage to be the people to “break” the BP oil spill because one of them had several deus ex machinas on his speed dial.
There’s handheld and tracking shots, there’s walking and talking, there are very big words being said by people who probably don’t know what they mean but say them with so much authority you feel compelled to believe them. But there is no Bradley Whitford, so SCORE!
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