LBJ, Lyndon Barnes Johnson was a bigger than life Texas politician who was a major national player during the turbulent 60’s. Woody Harrelson played this challenging role and very well indeed. Johnson became very visible when President Kennedy chose him as his Vice President purely for the political reason of appealing to Southern voters. In fact both the Kennedy brothers but especially Bobby held LBJ in disdain. The misunderstanding, mistrust, and competition was mutual .
Though Harrelson has little in common physically to LBJ except his height, his acting was very convincing. The scene where LBJ is orchestrating the process of gathering the votes before a Senate showdown it is obvious why LBJ has the reputation of being one of the most effective arm twisters in the history of the Senate. One interesting insight was that Johnson who appeared so self-assured was really a people pleaser. This changes the viewers perception of what makes this man tick. It is interesting how Johnson maintains his ego and political dreams while serving in the Kennedy administration as number two.
In spite of his conservative Southern voting record, LBJ signed the Civil Rights bill of 1964 and began the War on Poverty. He will be remembered as second only to FDR in championing Civil Rights and concern for the poor.
When Johnson is sworn in as president in Dallas after JFK’s death he makes a decision to continue the work of JFK in Civil Rights programs and help for the poor. This had not been a priority of his or the southern area of the United States. Due to his work, he is known for the programs he started and freedom he enhanced by Civil Rights advanced for all citizens.
I enjoy historical films and especially ones where I have had some knowledge. I enjoyed the film very much. **** our of 5*