LBJ centers on the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency at the hands of an assassin's bullet in November 1963. With political battles on both sides of the aisle, Johnson struggles to heal a nation and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy's historic Civil Rights Act.
This is the second time Jeffery Donovan played a Kennedy in a movie. The first time was in J. Edgar (2011), when he portrayed Robert F. Kennedy. He portrayed John F. Kennedy, Robert's older brother, in this movie. This also makes him the second actor to play both brothers. The first being Martin Sheen. See more »
Lady Bird Johnson is presented with a large bunch of yellow roses (the Texas state flower) on landing at Love Field. But as she is shaking hands with the crowd at the airport, the roses are dark red. Immediately after, when she and LBJ are seated in the car taking them away from the airfield, the roses are yellow again. See more »
A film like this is viewed through the lense of our experience. In the 60s I was politically active, adored Bobby Kennedy and despised LBJ. So naturally I think the film was too kind to LBJ and too unkind to Bobby. But let's put that aside and look at the film itself.
The acting by Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Jason Leigh is excellent. You think you're watching the real thing. They are the only two actors who do such great job, and the others do OK.
There is a real sense that this is a docudrama rather than a film.
My main criticism is that the film makers stopped in mid film. The story of LBJ didn't end with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It continued through the devastation of the Vietnam War. The true story is how Johnson squandered the legacy of JFK with his foreign policy, and all that is left out.
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