The centerpiece, of course, resides in the dramatized glimpses of private conversations between Comey (Jeff Daniels, capturing Comey's "boy scout" demeanor, if not matching his stature) and Trump (Brendan Gleeson), who manages to incorporate the president's verbal tics and mannerisms and still create a portrayal that goes beyond parody.Those controversial exchanges, however, wait for night two, as the opening chapter deals with what Comey calls the "500-year flood" of the FBI having to investigate both Clinton and Trump, with an aide presciently telling him, "You know you're screwed, right? I do not see a positive outcome here no matter what we find."Comey remains a polarizing figure — having engendered hostility from the left and right — which didn't prevent his book, "A Higher Loyalty," from selling like hotcakes. The miniseries goes the extra mile to make clear that the bureau harbored few illusions about its options. "I have looked at this from every angle," Comey concedes to associates. "They're all terrible."Writer-director Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass") has offered a faithful account of Comey's book, with the main point of departure being the use of Rosenstein (Scoot McNairy) — the then-Deputy Attorney General — as the somewhat peculiar window into the narrative through his out-loud musings to an aide. It feels like an attempt to provide another voice to make the miniseries less Comey-centric, but proves too cute for its own good."Jim was always a showboat," Rosenstein says, before the story plunges into how Comey's belief in honesty and doing the right thing faced a rude awakening amid these unprecedented circumstances.Daniels is especially good in displaying Comey's quiet discomfort over Trump's attempts to woo him — to secure his "loyalty" — with small gestures, which Ray highlights with surreal slow-motion around those interactions."Just the two of us?" Comey says with a grimace when he realizes he's dining alone with the president, frantically scribbling notes to memorialize the conversation once he leaves."The Comey Rule" (which Showtime originally scheduled after the election, advancing the date at the urging of those involved in making it) certainly paints a damning portrait of Trump, but it's nothing that those who have read the book or reporting about its contents haven't heard.The miniseries is thus defined in part by how remarkably well the cast lineRead More – Source

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