The Front Runner
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- 7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD
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It really captures the 1980s campaign trail/journalism setting. It offers a balanced perspective on the issue. Hugh Jackman shows a lot of range as an actor. But the film doesn't set the world on fire. It feels a bit dated and cerebral.
Definitely not a front runner!
The production’s shrill insistence on scandal-mongering as the poison of our political process is trivializing, too. Given the profound currents and countercurrents that have transformed — and menaced — the news media in the last few years, this story plays like quaintly ancient history.
The Front Runner may cover a lot of ground and raise more questions about morality and the media than it can ever answer, but it remains a punchy, absorbing political drama.
The film never quite clarifies its own attitude toward Hart. It simply doesn’t spend enough time with him to allow the audience to decide whether he was a truly transformative politician undone by tabloid reporters or just another slick operator. This robs the film of a tragic dimension that it might have achieved.