Review

The new HBO Films original, “All The Way,” written by Ryan Biederman, is an HBO historical drama based on a play about President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) and his work to pass the Civil Rights Bill in the 60’s. First, this is a great piece of work as per usual for HBO. Having research this period of LBJ’s life, I can attest that it’s pretty darn accurate too! Second, Bryan Cranston as LBJ was just amazing. He had it down perfectly and I understand that he stayed in character while not shooting. I was extremely impressed with his acting chops on this one. LBJ is one of my favorite Presidents to read about. The thing that really hit me was how, during this time, the entire South turned Republican with the Dixiecrats. And, LBJ called it! He knew the South would always vote “red” after the Civil Rights Bill was enacted. With that being said, I can’t believe it’s only been since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that African-Americans have actually had the right to vote in the United States. Racism in America is far from dead and this film foreshadows what was yet to come. If you get a chance to see this, do! You will NOT be disappointed.



About the Author

Chad Spar
Chad Spar
Charles (known as "Chad" to his friends) Spar is an all-around "renaissance man", having worked in the psychology profession, the publishing industry, and is also an occasional actor. He majored in creative writing at Bowling Green State University, and also studied theater and acting at Ohio State University and Ohio Northern University. He has attended "Actors Creative Training", studying under Richard Brander (who coached such actors as Kevin Costner and Chuck Norris). He currently resides in Ada, Ohio.