Review: The Newsroom “We Just Decided To”

Created by Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy–A news anchor for the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) with hostile tendencies and a attitude that is suggestive of a man that has it right, but dumbs himself down in order to communicate to a larger audience–who seemingly snaps during a panel interview at Northwestern in which he claims to have had vertigo. This is where the story starts and the dialogue gets smart.

At this interview he attempts to deflect every question that comes his way until he is force to give an answer to which is explodes into a political frenzy that, in fact, mirrors my own opinions on the current political system and a hope for improvement, which all started with the question: “Why is America the greatest country in the world?” The simple answer; it’s not, but it can be. This outburst leads to nearly his entire staff to jump ship with the Executive Producer (EP) Don Keefer–played by Thomas Sadoski–thus leaving Will with a new EP that he is all to familiar with: His ex-girlfriend MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer).

This series features newscasts from real-world events that have occurred with the added spin of a retrospective about the knowledge gained over time. They search for information, pester sources, and come together to form a broadcast of which isn’t at the level of Jay Leno–as Will McAvoy was compared to by his lack of opinions and having “not bothered” anyone.–but in fact spearheading the mainstream media to inform and educate rather than talk about easy to understand concepts and ideas. As the episode continues it’s filled with turmoil with interoffice relationships and old habits dying hard as the new mix of personalities juxtapose to form a beautiful piece of action and information that is penned wonderfully by the show’s creator; Sorkin.

I would recommend this show to anyone with indifference and an ability to be unbiased about past news, as some of the topics touched upon are rather harshly pursued from multiple points of view that could upset some people with their political ideals. I plan on watching and review an episode each week, and I leave you with the first episode in its entirety. Be sure to tune in Sundays at 10 PM on HBO!


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