Genre Guesstimation – John Adams (2008)

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 Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

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

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

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 Biographical Films……

“Thinking aloud is a habit responsible for much of mankind’s misery” – Benjamin Franklin

Number of Times Seen – Twice (27 Apr 2008 and 4 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Story of the 2nd President of the United States as he rises from being a gifted attorney in Boston to the highest position in the land.

My Take on it – Amazing film that really allows the viewer to get a deep understanding of the adult likfe of John Adams and how circumstaces led to him reachng the highest office in the land.

His friendships with other Founding Fathers including Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are shown quite well and helps show the way politics were run at the time.

This miniseries is 7 parts long and clocks in at over 8 hours, but it is so captivating the entire way through because of the way it all plays out.

Paul Giamatti is superb in the title role and quite deservingly won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for his performance.

The series also won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries.

The film gives the viewer a very unique view of the building of the nation during its first 50+ years and is able to transport the viewer to a completely different time and place.

Laura Linney is also superb as his wife, Abigail.

She too won all 3 of these top awards in the lead actress role.

They are able to show the kind of friendship and relationship that John and Abigail had that was able to weather the many storms as he rose to power.

The story remains captivating throughout and shows both the triumphs and frustrations of Adams over the course of more than half a Century of his life.

Tom Wilkinson is also superb here as Ben Franklin and is able to steal every scene he appears in.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During George Washington’s inauguration, the apparent cheering crowd of thousands was actually filmed with only around 80 people. They would stand in a square formation – edged by green screen cloth. After filming a few seconds of giddy flag-waving, the 80 would switch positions, trade flags and buntings around, pick up different things (pitchforks, tankards, children, etc) and move over thirty feet. The process was then repeated numerous times. By day’s end, there were enough squares of different-looking crowd activity to stitch the lot together digitally and make it look like a seamless mob of thousands. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy?

Rating – ???? Worthy (??/10)


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