State of Play

Rating = B

This is an excellent Washington-corruption/newspaper-investigative-reporter film. The cast is all fine. Russell Crowe is particular good in his role, and Robin Wright Penn always seems to be exactly right for her part in a film (albeit small here). The movie looks great. The ending is a bit muddled however.

It struck me as I left the theater how far movie making has come over the years. Twenty or thirty years ago this movie would have rated a A. Now everything is generally so much better than then that it only rates a B.