‘The Comey Rule’ evaluation: Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson head a sensational solid in a barely uneven miniseries


The centerpiece, after all, resides within the dramatized glimpses of personal conversations between Comey (Jeff Daniels, capturing Comey’s “boy scout” demeanor, if not matching his stature) and Trump (Brendan Gleeson), who manages to include the president’s verbal tics and mannerisms and nonetheless create a portrayal that goes past parody.

These controversial exchanges, nonetheless, anticipate evening two, because the opening chapter offers with what Comey calls the “500-year flood” of the FBI having to analyze each Clinton and Trump, with an aide presciently telling him, ” you are screwed, proper? I don’t see a optimistic end result right here it doesn’t matter what we discover.”

Comey stays a polarizing determine — having engendered hostility from the left and proper — which did not forestall his e book, “A Increased Loyalty,” from promoting like hotcakes. The miniseries goes the additional mile to clarify that the bureau harbored few illusions about its choices. “I’ve checked out this from each angle,” Comey concedes to associates. “They’re all horrible.”

Author-director Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass”) has provided a trustworthy account of Comey’s e book, with the principle level of departure being the usage of Rosenstein (Scoot McNairy) — the then-Deputy Legal professional Basic — because the considerably peculiar window into the narrative by way of his out-loud musings to an aide. It appears like an try to supply one other voice to make the miniseries much less Comey-centric, however proves too cute for its personal good.

Jeff Daniels as James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump in 'The Comey Rule.'

“Jim was at all times a showboat,” Rosenstein says, earlier than the story plunges into how Comey’s perception in honesty and doing the appropriate factor confronted a impolite awakening amid these unprecedented circumstances.

Daniels is very good in displaying Comey’s quiet discomfort over Trump’s makes an attempt to woo him — to safe his “loyalty” — with small gestures, which Ray highlights with surreal slow-motion round these interactions.

“Simply the 2 of us?” Comey says with a grimace when he realizes he is eating alone with the president, frantically scribbling notes to memorialize the dialog as soon as he leaves.

“The Comey Rule” (which Showtime initially scheduled after the election, advancing the date on the urging of these concerned in making it) definitely paints a damning portrait of Trump, but it surely’s nothing that those that have learn the e book or reporting about its contents have not heard.

The miniseries is thus outlined partly by how remarkably effectively the solid strains up with the real-life figures, and price watching if just for that. The supporting gamers embrace Holly Hunter as Sally Yates (who may carry her personal miniseries), Michael Kelly (“Home of Playing cards”) as Andrew McCabe, Jonathan Banks as James Clapper, and Steven Pasquale and Oona Chaplin as Peter Strzok and Lisa Web page.

It is hardly a shock that Comey would fare effectively on this dramatization of historical past (it’s, in spite of everything, his e book), although the miniseries reinforces the sense that he was maybe naive regardless of warnings from these round him and pleas from his spouse (Jennifer Ehle), who makes use of a colourful time period to explain his expression when Trump publicly known as him over to shake palms.

Like all the things else in regards to the Trump presidency, “The Comey Rule” appears unlikely to vary any hearts or minds. There’s however one thing helpful about seeing the dry pages of nonfiction dropped at life, in a manufacturing that is hardy flawless however whose stellar casting represents showboating in one of the best TV sense of the time period.

“The Comey Rule” will air Sept. 27-28 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.


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