Bad Education - Movie Review


Bad Education was directed by Cory Finley and stars Hugh Jackman, Ray Romano, and Alison Janie, and it's a true story of a beloved superintendent of New York's Rosalind School District, his friends and 
relatives and staff become the prime suspects in the biggest public school scandal in American history.




Bad Education is a brilliant movie with extremely excellent writing from Mike  Mackowski, who actually was a student at the high school that this movie depicts, so he has a first-hand account of some of these events and understands the fallout. 

Hugh Jackman as Frank Tassone plays a 
super intendant that everyone loves, everybody is inspired by this person, he remembers all of the student's names very easily, he knows what all of the kids want to do, he will make time for anyone,  he will sit down with any student and make sure that they feel like they are loved and that they feel like they're protected, he even runs into older students he hasn't seen in years and remembers exactly what they wanted to do with their life. 

By all accounts he's excellent at his job, he is perfect at his job except for one very specific and very illegal thing, and when a young student who works for the school's paper starts to investigate where the school's funds are going, she starts to uncover some very concerning things. 

 I found this movie absolutely riveting, Hugh Jackman is an incredible actor I've loved him in mini-movies, Prisoners being one of the first times where I truly didn't see  Hugh Jackman, he just became another person on the screen, he's such a gifted actor and bad education might just be competition for his best work, there's one particular scene in this movie that is so striking of a performance, where he just rocks every minute that he is on screen and it is so enthralling to watch, this actor deserves a lot of praise for this performance I  could easily see this being nominated for Best Actor next year especially since right now there's really not a lot of competition.

Bad Education is a story that is very relevant  especially with the recent college admissions scandal that happened, this  story takes place in 2002 and it's one of those stories that you would really have a hard time believing, unless it was  true, when people are so loved and so  liked by their town and by the residents  there, and every kid at the school loves these teachers and the administrative  people, it's really easy for them just go:  "well you know that's a little weird but 
I'm just gonna overlook it because this guy just is so nice to my kid" and that's  where this reporter comes in, which apparently is a slightly invented  character, a sort of amalgamation of 
various different people, it is true that  the school paper originally started to  look into the things that other papers  picked up on and the story really broke,  but that's a bit of an invention of a 
character, but I can see why because it adds a lot of suspense and tension to the movie as she's investigating these things and it also assists the audience,  because we're able to kind of sift through these things through her eyes,  and it helps us as viewers make sense of everything.

Ray Romano is also great in this movie, I'm so glad that he's like apparently back after welcome to Mooseport, I was like are we never gonna see Ray Romano again, but after the Irishman and this I mean he's really delivering a lot of good performances right now. 

As for issues, the first 20  minutes of the movie can feel a bit like where is this going, there are times where you're not entirely sure what the film is about, you're used to getting that big opening scene or that moment in the first 10 to 15 minutes that jump-starts the story, but in this case, there's a lot of setups you have to understand what all of these characters are doing for the community to feel the weight and the impact of the betrayal that happens later in the movie, as soon as that sort of jump starts, the movie gets really interesting and I was invested immediately.  

The other thing is that at one point in  the movie, there's sort of like an imaginative dream sequence that a 
character envisions and it felt so against the grain of what the rest of the movie was like, the entire film feels very realistic and grounded and then there's sort of like this imagined fantasy and I was sort of detached all of a sudden, besides that, I think this is some of the best actings maybe the best acting of Hugh Jackman's career, Alison  Janie is incredible in the movie, the writing is really good and so is the directing. 

It's on HBO right  now, if you have access to HBO I would  highly suggest watching it, it's  definitely one of the better films I've  seen so far this year 

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