“All the Way” is an acting showcase of a film that plays broad. While lacking the usual punch-up that one expects from political drama, the film tries to treat recent history with near religious reverence. While for more realistic and historically correct than the recent “Selma”, the film doesn’t do much past getting the basic facts correct. History through a modern perspective is such a bizarre experience. The current viewer wants to view what has happened through Apple branded glasses.

Unfortunately, things like that don’t work. When you’re watching this overlong film that allows Cranston to continue his LBJ run, something happens. You get that sensation that happens when you’re too old to be in the Hall of Presidents. What was once fascinating feels like stiff automatons repurposing material from their Wikipedia pages. There is no heart or immediacy to the need to push the Civil Rights Bill to completion. When “Lincoln” can come out 4 years ago and do better with the 14th amendment, it says a lot.

Well, Spielberg is better at emotional manipulation than Roach. That goes without saying. It’s just that “All The Way” is about reproduction. Reproduction doesn’t teach history and doesn’t make a connection for younger viewers.


  • Featurettes


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track


  • 93%
    Video - 93%
  • 92%
    Audio - 92%
  • 86%
    Supplemental Material - 86%
  • 80%
    Film Score - 80%

The Plot Thus Far

Lyndon Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of JFK’s assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.

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