'The Front Runner (2018)' does, to a large degree, idealise Gary Hart, at least politically. Political history isn't my strong suit, so I can't really speak to the quality of his candidacy; I can, however, imagine that that the picture would gloss over some key stuff in order to make its point more aptly (not out of malice but, rather, out of a desire to make its story more impactful). The piece posits that Hart's 'sex scandal' was the turning point for American politics (as well as for politics, in general), the beginning of its degradation into the Hollywood-adjacent, media-fuelled popularity-contest it, essentially, is today. It also suggests that, perhaps, this isn't the best thing, either for the candidates themselves or for the public at large. There is much said about how the press afforded Kennedy and Lyndon 'common courtesy' when it came to omitting the numerous non-wife women that came to and fro from their hotel room, suggesting that such 'gossip' doesn't really have a place either in 'proper journalism' or in 'proper politics'. Indeed, Hart's particular 'scandal' does seem remarkably mild; I mean, what happens between two consenting adults surely can't be the business of the entire country. Still, it's not so much the apparent affair as it is the perceived deceit. If a candidate can't be faithful to their partner, how can they be faithful to their country? This question of integrity is an interesting one and the feature tries to debate whether it has a place in the race for president or not. It also has a fair bit to say about the validity of journalism which involves reporters hiding in bushes and mercilessly harassing innocent family members. On top of this, it makes some brief but relatively resonant points about media outlets dredging up quotes from fifteen years ago and trying to use them to encapsulate someone's entire career. It does do a good job of portraying the sensationalism that the public seem to love, at the place where it perhaps began. While it certainly has a lot to say, it doesn't get lost in its thematics. It tells a rather compelling story with a decent degree of nuance, using long-lenses to hammer home its seventies-styled direction. The performances are all really good, even if most of the characters aren't really characters so much as 'talking heads', so to speak. It's also interesting that Hart had such a rough time with such a comparatively 'tame' scandal - as in, tame compared to some of the stuff that many politicians have gotten away with since then (including a 'certain someone' sat in the office right now - someone who, incidentally, really puts the earlier 'Washington as Hollywood' observation to the test). Overall, the bio-pic is an entertaining time throughout, one that tackles some interesting themes with a distinct visual style. 7/10
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The Front Runner (2018)
The Front Runner is a movie starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons. American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.
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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 the will of his manager Bill Dixon, Hart challenges the press and public to "follow him around" while he's not campaigning on weekends. This proves to be a mistake when in 1987, photos of him and journalist Donna Rice are published by Miami Herald Reporters. In a desperate attempt to clear his name, Hart tries to fix his reputation at a news event concerning the affair but to no avail. Because of the consequences of his actions, Hart is disgraced, berated by Dixon, and forced to drop out of the campaign while his wife Oletha remains to be close with him. Donna also announces that she has personally denied sleeping with the now former senator..
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And the runner-up is...Reviewed byPjtaylor-96-138044Vote: 7/10
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 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.
When I checked out the reviews for THE FRONT RUNNER after walking out of the theater, I was surprised to find that it was being met with a generally mixed critical reception. That's not to say that THE FRONT RUNNER is some sort of masterpiece, but I definitely thought it was an interesting film, and one that feels rather timely in this day and age (for reasons that are quite obvious). Perhaps the best thing I can say about the film is that it manages to avoid the on-the-nose writing that plagued BLACKKKLANSMAN in more than a few scenes. Reitman smartly lets the film speak for itself, letting the audience draw their own connection between the events that torpedoed Senator Gary Hart's campaign over thirty years ago and similar events that have plagued other politicians over the last few years. If there's one consequence to such an approach, it's that Reitman presents a lot of ideas without ever taking a firm stand on them, failing to elaborate on ideas that almost demand further analysis - an approach that will certainly rub some the wrong way. That being said, there's a lot to enjoy here, from Hugh Jackman's great performance to Jason Reitman's directing (I quite liked the way he utilized the camera here) to Rob Simonsen's low-key electronic score to the rest of the supporting cast (with an affecting Vera Farmiga being the obvious standout). It even reminded me of a bit of I, TONYA in its analysis of the press (how would American history have been affected if not for their obsession over Hart's love life?).
One more thing, though: it might have just been the theater I watched this in, but the sound mixing in this was atrocious. I want to watch this film again with subtitles just so that I can understand the other half of what the characters were saying.