Writer/Director Jon Stewarts’ Rosewater is a wonderful first film by the great comedian.
Jon took on a real-life story and had great actors to work with…Gael Garcia Bernal as the reporter Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned in Iran for being a spy and Shohreh Ahgdashloo (X-Men: The Last Stand, The House of Sand and Fog) as his mother…, a top crew to work with, including Cinematographer Bobby Bukowski, Production Designer Gerald Sullivan and Editor Jay Rabinowitz and a fabulous composer in Lord of the Rings’ Howard Shore.
The only thing missing was a fresh pair of eyes for the storyline. The reality is that being a prisoner is boring. It’s the same-old-same-old every day. If you didn’t know that, it comes across very quickly in this story. The problem is that you don’t want to bore the audience watching a prisoner’s story. A good 5 to 10 minutes of the middle of Rosewater could have been cut so as to avoid this issue.
Despite this, Rosewater is well worth seeing. I give it a 3+ out of 5.