Rosewater

2014

Action / Biography / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 9493

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Shohreh Aghdashloo as Moloojoon
Gael García Bernal as Maziar Bahari
Claire Foy as Paola
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Reviewed by Anthony Iessi 8 / 10

Freedom

Jon Stewart. Comedian. Astute political commentator. Filmmaker. He isn't known for the latter, but he should be. Since he is long finished with his reign on The Daily Show, he must consider making more films. Rosewater is a triumph. A strong cry for resistance of despotic regimes worldwide. A loud roar for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Maziar Bahari is not fake news. He has a story that makes us all thankful that the monstrous Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is no longer in power. The interrogation scenes made me cringe in compassion for all political prisoners. Jon Stewart wanted to make a powerful statement and he succeeded. He's proved to be a provocateur with his on-stage persona.. but his filmmaking skills are equally as provoking.

Reviewed by sanjin_9632 5 / 10

Meh..

When I first heard about this, I thought it was going to be a documentary, because I wouldn't have expected Jon Stewart to tackle a biographical feature.

There's a lot of things wrong with this movie. For example, when I envision detainment in an Iranian prison, this is certainly not the way I'd imagine it. Too soft. My portrayal of the treatment of alleged spies in Islamic countries would probably be much worse. He was detained for almost 4 months, which in terms of sentencing, and *doing time* in general isn't considered a real sentence. The only scene which sort of seemed authentic is when the *torturer* threatened to shoot Gael, but it would've been better if he'd done the same thing for a week and not just once.

All in all, it's a nice little story. After reading up on Maziar Barhadi, I'm not quite sure what to think. Who knows if someone's really a spy or not? He could've just as easily been a spy, still. This movie is very light, romanticized, liberal propaganda.

I'm giving this movie a 4.8/10 just because it's low budget. Sort of.

Reviewed by grantss 7 / 10

Decent debut from Jon Stewart

Decent debut from Jon Stewart.

The true story of Maziar Bahari, an Iran-Canadian Newsweek journalist who went back to Iran in 2009 to cover the national elections. Once the despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the incumbent, wins the Presidency, protests breaks out. After filming and reporting on the election and protests, Bahari is arrested, imprisoned and tortured.

The first film, as director, for Jon Stewart, of The Daily Show fame. He also wrote the screenplay, adapted from Bahari's book "Then they came for me". A good place for Stewart to start as he knows Bahari well and had interviewed him many times on The Daily Show. Plus, Bahari's light-hearted interview with Jason Jones on The Daily Show is used against him during his arrest.

An interesting story, though doesn't really cover any new ground regarding freedom and how despots treat their people. Not a very compelling story, for this reason. Stewart pretty much covers the story in linear, blow-by-blow fashion, with the only departure from this being that the first scene is Bahari's arrest, and then we go back in time to see what lead to it.

Solid work from Gael Garcia Bernal in the lead role. Supporting cast are fine too.

A good enough start from Jon Stewart. He had a story he wanted to tell, and he told it. With experience and confidence he'll get better at telling stories in movie form.

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