Aaron Sorkin’s new show, The Newsroom, premiered on HBO last night. The show is about a fictional cable news channel and it stars Jeff Daniels as a news anchor, alongside an ensemble cast that includes Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston.
As you would expect, the show made a splash and it’s all become of the writing. Sorkin is a bit of a legend when it comes to writing dialogue and last night’s episode contained a scene that may go down as one of Sorkin’s best.
The scene featured Jeff Daniels’ character, Will McAvoy, answering the question of what makes America the greatest country on earth. At first he’s reluctant to give a real answer, but he eventually opens up and goes on a pretty big rant. Take a look at the scene:
To some, this monologue may be overwritten, cheesy and downright pretentious. Some, particularly the ultra-patriotic, may find it offensive. Others are hailing it as a brutally honest and accurate take on the delusions of grandeur many American’s display.
What are you thoughts on this scene?