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The Front Runner exhumes the wreckage of a political campaign with well-acted wit, even if it neglects to truly analyze the issues it raises.
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[A] clotted and evasive movie...
As played by an aloof Hugh Jackman - the Australian actor affects an uneven accent - Hart is little more than a cipher.
There's an argument in the film about what is interesting and what is important, and how the two should be weighed. In that spirit, "The Front Runner" is interesting, but it's not weighty or assured enough to be important.
Reitman is good at posing questions for which he doesn't have answers and, although that makes for compelling drama, the results feel incomplete and frustrating.
"The Front Runner" doesn't hit us over the head with parallels to today's political and media world. It doesn't have to.
People answer in punchlines here, and leave it to director Reitman to always lead with irony.
In a similar vein to Steven Spielberg's The Post, The Front Runner delves into the important role of journalism in a world filled with corruption and "fake news".
An excellent narrative pulse that reveals [Jason Reitman] as a worthy successor to... Pakula or Lumet. [Full review in Spanish]
Reitman loses his focus and, despite the brilliant portrayal by Hugh Jackman, the film insists on telling everything in a diffuse and confused way.
The Front Runner displays its story in various slopes and each one has a notable amount of density and quality. [Full Review in Spanish]
[An] interesting antecedent to better understand the US today. [Full review in Spanish]
Forcefully directed by Jason Reitman (Up In The Air), the film is essentially an origin story accounting for the venality of today's rabid media culture, covering hot-button topics such as invasion of privacy, newsroom bias and double-standards.
Hart should have known the Herald would sing.
The Front Runner is about the birth of tabloid journalism infiltrating credible institutions, but what itï¿ 1/2(TM)s commenting on is how the media often allows a single moment of someoneï¿ 1/2(TM)s life to encapsulate and define that personï¿ 1/2(TM)s entire existence given the faceted perspective of how said incident is reported on. This is a fine truth to examine, especially through the lens of a 1987 scandal where the volume is comparably lower than the eleven todayï¿ 1/2(TM)s media cycle has been ratcheted up to, but the point director Jason Reitman (go watch TULLY now!) seeks to point out doesnï¿ 1/2(TM)t always jive with the story heï¿ 1/2(TM)s telling. The film makes it pretty clear Hugh Jackmanï¿ 1/2(TM)s (always reliable) Gary Hart was something of a womanizer on the reg and that the affair that outed him wasnï¿ 1/2(TM)t the only instance of this behavior. Reitman seeks to both make an example of Hart while also garnering empathy for the man, but the idea that the scrutiny or even the manner in which the scrutiny came down upon Hart was unwarranted begins to wain as the bigger picture around the Senator becomes clearer. What the movie gets right is highlighting the ramifications of Hartï¿ 1/2(TM)s actions on the women around him such as his wife, Lee (Vera Farmiga), his daughter Andrea (Kaitlyn Dever), as well as the woman involved in the affair, Donna (Sara Paxton)-whose line of dialogue, ï¿ 1/2I did all the things I was supposed to do so men wouldnï¿ 1/2(TM)t look at me the way you are right now.ï¿ 1/2Â?-perfectly encapsulates this theme.
While the film has some quarrels about sorting out its question of where the line is between what is interesting and what is important, it must be noted that the roster of character actors in this thing is insane. J.K. Simmons, Josh Brener, Oliver Cooper, Alfred Molina, Mamoudou Athie, Ari Graynor (who I didnï¿ 1/2(TM)t even recognize at first), John Bedford Lloyd, Steve Coulter, Spencer Garrett, Steve Zissis, Bill Burr, Kevin Pollack, Mike Judge, Toby Huss, Courtney Ford, and Iï¿ 1/2(TM)m sure Iï¿ 1/2(TM)m missing others, but among all of these recognizable faces it is Tim Allenï¿ 1/2(TM)s other TV daughter featured here, Molly Ephraim (the other being Dever), who does much of the heavy lifting thematically and gives the film the edge it needs to be heard in todayï¿ 1/2(TM)s climate even if the voice behind it isnï¿ 1/2(TM)t as firm as it should be.
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