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The Loudest Voice DVD Review


“The Loudest Voice” lacks depth.

Based on novel “The Loudest Voice In The Room” by Gabriel Sherman (the making of the book is also featured in the show), “The Loudest Voice” is a 7 episode Showtime limited event series (or miniseries) about Roger Ailes (who created the conservative Fox News empire alongside Ruper Murdoch). The series takes place from 1995 to 2017 (the year in which Ailes died) and covers the formation of Fox News, 9/11, the Obama era, Ailes pushing Donald Trump’s Presidential candidacy, the dynamic between Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, Roger’s ailing health and paranoia, the Garrison county paper that Ailes bought, Roger’s affair with Laurie Luhn, and Fox News’ questionable programming. A good portion of the series is also devoted to Gretchen Carlson who was sexually harassed by Ailes and eventually sues him.

“The Loudest Voice” (which recently garnered nominations from the WGA and Golden Globes) doesn’t bring anything new to the table. The show plays more like a series of dramatized situational bullet points regurgitated in series form rather than a deep dive biographical piece about Roger Ailes. When it does focus on Ailes, it merely focuses on his rise and fall along with his stomach churning actions all of which have been widely publicized. It’s all mostly surface level stuff which is a shame as there’s clearly more to mine from his often sordid life.

I also can’t quite shake the feeling that the series feels like it has come a bit too late. Ailes is no longer around and he already accomplished what he set out to do so the series already feels instantly dated. Is “The Loudest Voice” meant to act as a cautionary tale, a snapshot of the political landscape of the past 20 plus years, a story about toxic and corrupt men, or a dark behind-the-scenes glimpse of a key figure behind Fox News? Perhaps all of the above, but in these divided times that are overcrowded with heated political opinions, it feels like just another take.

Where “The Loudest Voice” shines bright is with the cast. Russell Crowe gained weight and donned makeup to play Ailes and his work here is top notch. It easily ranks among his best work alongside his roles in “Gladiator” and “L.A. Confidential.” The supporting cast also impresses here with fine turns by Seth MacFarlane, Annabelle Wallis, Naomi Waitts and especially Sienna Miller who completely disappears into the role of Beth Ailes.


Presentation: 16:9. How does it look? Expect a sharp standard definition transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? This 5.1 track does the job.

The lone extra is titled “Creating The Loudest Voice” which contains an interview with Gabriel Sherman, show clips, and cast comments.

December 18, 2019 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , ,

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