If the current crop of presidential candidates is bumming you out, perhaps HBO‘s “All The Way” is arriving at the right time. There was a time when presidents (and candidates) seemed to be fighting for more than just whatever lobby group they needed to please, and Bryan Cranston takes center stage during a powerful moment in White House history.
Directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo,” “Game Change“), with Anthony Mackie playing Martin Luther King Jr., “All The Way” finds Cranston once again playing his Tony-award winning role of Lyndon B. Johnson, who has to navigate the halls of power when he’s thrust into the highest office of the land following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Here’s the synopsis:
Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony-winning role in ALL THE WAY, a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Staking his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act, Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power.