GASLIT is filling in every nook and cranny during the historical Watergate political scandal. It is amazing how this outrageous event ever became a reality for the most powerful Republicans in office.
Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts) and John Mitchell (Sean Penn) are fighting against a catastrophic “tidal wave.” There is no going back to what was before. Their portrayals of these real-life people are insightful and enlightening. I now see the Mitchell’s as authentic, relentless, and realistic. Their depressions, high anxiety, fears, and drug addictions are spot-on. It is easy to see why Martha was known as a “liberal, freedom-loving, crazy, Communist bitch.”
I also must give kudos to John Dean (Dan Stevens). He is continually stepping into the shoes of someone who knows “when it’s time to fold” and still be loved by the American people. Unlike G. Gordon Liddy (Shea Whigham), who is a mean, soulless sociopath.) The writers have given these two actors great moments for their powerful acting skills.
GASLIT is a fascinating look at one of our country’s most embarrassing times. It keeps that candle glowing throughout all the denials and whining of grown men caught with their hands in the cookie jar.
It is available to stream on STARZ.