Genre Guesstimation – Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Vinnie of Vinnie H. and it is Historical True Story Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of February by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Vinnie!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Historical True Story Movies.

“That’s their plan. They want everyone confused. Confusion is control. The truth could ruin the administration. ” – Mark Felt

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The story of the FBI agent who was the source used by the Washington Post reporters as they broke the Watergate Scandal story to the public.

My Take on it – Being a fan of many aspects of what transpired during the Watergate Scandal, I have been looking forward to seeing this film for quite some time.

They do a wonderful job here giving us an additional somewhat unique perspective on how things transpired during the Scandal itself.

Liam Neeson is fine in the lead role of Felt here yet there are too many scenes where he comes off as seeming laughable in the way he is portrayed instead of poignant.

This film doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything and allows us to see the flaws and chinks in the armor of all of the characters based on their actions and personal stances which helps keep things somewhat balanced.

It’s too bad that they don’t manage to make this film as significant to us as the actions portrayed within were when they transpired 40+ years ago.

Bottom Line – They do a nice job giving us an additional perspective on the story of how the Press gave everyone information during Watergate. Neeson is ok as Felt yet there are certain scenes which come across laughable instead of poignant like they should.  Liked how they tried not to sugarcoat everything and show the flaws in the actions of all of the character to give some balance to it all. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mark Felt did not choose Bob Woodward at random from the Washington Post’s roster of reporters. Felt and Woodward had known each other for a few years with the two having initially met one another while Woodward was serving in the U.S. Navy as an Admiral’s aide. In fact Woodward had sought out Felt’s advice on his future when his discharge from the Navy was approaching. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope, nice look into the perspective of the FBI during the Watergate Scandel yet not earth shattering

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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