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Plot: Gary Hart, a U.S. senator from Colorado, is the widely accepted front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. After losing the 1984 nomination to vice-president Walter Mondale, Hart decides to run for President of the United States. At one point during his campaign, against… Runtime: 113 min Release Date: 21 Nov 2018
Jason Reitman's Up in the Air/Juno latest is one of the year's best films. Coming out on the heels of his earlier effort this year Tully ! , this filmic coverage of the 3 disastrous weeks leading to Gary Hart's Democratic nomination in 1988 is a stellar account of how the mighty fall when misguided intentions are beset by the appetites of the craven, scandal hungry press corp. Gary Hart was the 'it' candidate for the Democrats since he was a rare Western hopeful from Colorado & a politician able to hold his own in front of crowds or press conferences but his <more>
Achilles' heel his predilection for extra-marital affairs once found out by the Miami Herald topples him to his foundations. This really becomes a tale in which the journalistic landscape is forever changed making a man's character as important as a man's message. Starring Hugh Jackman in a noble but flawed portrait of a man whose principles have not eluded him politically but abandoned him as a father & husband. Ably abetted by a great cast of character actors led by J.K. Simmons Reitman's go to guy , Vera Farmiga & Bill Burr, this account leaves one feeling wistful for more simple times.
The rise and fall of a powerful man, blended with politics and media. (by blanbrn)
Remember growing up the scandal of one U.S. Senator Gary Hart and how his affair and love making drama with a hot and sexy Donna Rice would ruin and end his presidential ambitions. As for the late 1980's this kind of stuff was major news in the media and political world as then the society was just starting to carve up tabloid like gossip. And with this work called "The Front Runner'" it's a showcase of how scandal and media would destroy a man's political life. The film blends well with how media and politics rub with one another as it's front page sensation. <more>
Also the movie is well supported with themes of trust, ethics, accountability, guilt, and morality.After 1984 when U.S. senator Gary Hart Hugh Jackman had a second place finish in the democratic primary he returns four years later for the 1988 run as the top favored donkey to win the nomination. As he's a different kind a Colorado western guy who talks technology, jobs, and peace all while appealing to the youth vote. At the time Hart feels comfortable with the press, though soon he sees just what a media sideshow it has become as questions and past statements are personal and revealing.When the press and media does detective like spy work on Hart from airports to townhouses and campaign stops it's clear that life and privacy is a no win for Gary. Overall very very good film that takes you back to the times of the late 80's just to see how powerful that the press and media can be when it reveals secrets of moral and ethic choices as it's clear it changes the game for the powerful as Gary Hart would discover and the nation would see privacy and actions are no longer a private right and when revealed moral and emotional guilt changes things forever as in 1988 this scandal was just the start for a scandal hungry media to play wolf on politics, and powerful candidates who wanted more.
Compelling film with Hugh Jackman pulling off a credible version of Gary Hart in this look at the fatal three weeks of his 1988 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Vera Farmiga is also good as his wife and J.K. Simmons plays his campaign manager. The film is split between covering his campaign and the reporters from the Washington Post and the Miami Herald who debated among themselves if the questions of Hart's alleged womanizing were important enough to pursue. It's a look back to a time when a story like this would sink a campaign and it did... The film has some <more>
unexpectedly strong moments when it focuses briefly on the idealistic young campaign workers and also when during a scene with Donna Rice and a young female staffer thats assigned to "manage" her... The film, after a brief prologue in 1984, spends all the time in those three weeks and it's very good for the most part.. A scene among Post staffers that tries to tie this into the #Metoo movement feels tacked on and unrealistic as having occurred in 1987 and the ending could have been a bit stronger but it's an effective film on its own merits.
Unfortunately some films just get lost throughout the year and especially around "Oscar Season", now and then a few forgotten gems slip through. This film is definitely one of them!This type of film is definitely up my alley so I was optimistic about how good the film could be considering the complete disappearance of any marketing or any award consideration. I only say this because I seem to remember reading somewhere that Sony pushed this film for the "award season" but to no avail.Firstly the story, which I had never heard of due to a couple of reasons. Erm......this <more>
took place a little before my time and not in the country I live in, so its understandable........i think. However wow is this story juicy or what! Obviously has its sort of parallels to today and especially in the current climate in American politics. The film brings up some really interesting themes about people who run for the presidency and about their personal lives, are they entitled to a personal life or do we have to know everything about them. Also the boundaries of journalism, where is the line in the sand drawn? Did the journalists go to far or were they doing the job their payed to do??Directing from Jason Reitman is top class, which is to be expected he has put out some decent stuff in the past. He has really got the feel right and there is a quickness to the film that I think is driven from the central character. As soon as the film starts you are immediately transported back to the late 80's.........erm I don't know how I would know because I want alive........but you know what I mean.The cast all round is fantastic but it obviously starts with Hugh Jackman who is really good in the role of Gary Hart, one his best for a while. You could really see why Hart was such a charismatic person and how he became so popular, also how he "was" going to get the Democratic Party nomination. Praise must go to others in the cast as well Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons, Alfred Molina, Mamoudou Athie and Molly Ephraim all of them just fit so well into the film. Shoutout Bill Burr!I must also say that I loved the parts within the Miami Herald and The Washington Post. Especially the scenes within "The Post" just has that essence of "All the Presidents Men" about it which is never a bad thing, Alfred Molina is a perfect casting.Overall its 80% out of 100 or 8 out of 10 I really enjoyed this film and think its very good. However I must say that why has this film gone relatively unnoticed and even the reviews I have read, haven't been flattering to say the least. Why has this film got such a low score?? Im really confused??? Maybe my expectations weren't has high as everyone else's??? Or is this film not as factually accurate as it could have been??? I am bewildered, please watch it hopefully you'll be as surprised as I was!
The Front Runner is a thrilling drama with an incredible lead performance from Hugh Jackman and a great supporting performance from J.K. Simmons. The writing is really good and Jason Reitman's direction is good. However Vera Farmiga is wasted and doesn't get enough screen time.