Bad Education

Bad Education ★★★½

A very interesting and intriguing true story featuring one of Jackman’s best and most focused performance in years. If this is what we have to look forward to in his post-Wolverine years, I’m excited. 

I was also a fan of Thoroughbreds, although that film probably prepared me for a more stylish visual approach and darker tone. This tells the story in a relatively straightforward, but effective, manner. 

There’s some bits towards the end about what teachers deserve, what we expect from educators, and how easy it is to let crimes at all levels - even “victimless” ones - pass by you while you stay silent or look the other way. But mostly, the film asks the audience to simply observe the way ego and greed arent just limited to Wall Street and big business. 

Not quite as subversive or filled with pathos as Election, but this is nonetheless a strong script with solid actors doing good work for a good director worth keeping an eye on.

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