the thing about demagogues like andy griffith or glenn beck is that eventually they’re exposed as hypocrites or liars or whatever else and the majority that was once swayed by them stops listening to them. that’s the good news. the bad news is that they’re like that game whack a mole – they just keeping coming back up in different forms. that’s what makes this movie as timeless as a film like the day the earth stood still. because as long as there are people there’s going to be fighting and demagogues. an optimist points out that eventually the truth wins and a pessimist points out that you can get rid of one, but another will pop up. the truth is, as usual, they’re both right.
the film itself was good and had a strong ending, but it was a bit long for my taste. about on par with all the king’s men.