The Front Runner (2018)


“This campaign is about the future. Not rumors, not sleaze, and I care about the sanctity of this process, WHETHER YOU DO OR DO NOT!” – Gary Hart

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The story of the first US Politician on his way to the White House to get hounded by the media for a possible illicit affair.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing ever since I heard about it some time last year.

It’s somewhat surprising that such a film that has a very relevant theme to it wasn’t more prominent in the awards races.

They do an amazing job taking a situation from 30 years ago and look at it through the viewfinder of today ion order to try and get a better understanding of things.

Hugh jackman is superb in the title role of Gary Hart and we can see the charisma that this man had at the time.

We can see that he is a great politician, but as with everyone, he has a weakness that the media chooses to exploit.

They do a great job showing the different ways that people dealt with scandal back in the 80’s as opposed to how it’s done today.

I find it quite amazing that they found a way to pinpoint when the switch happened that turned the media into a frenzy over extramarital affairs since they were so common prior to this event yet everyone always found a way to look in the other direction.

Loved the way that they show the shock on everyone’s faces when they all realize that the world has changed and at the same time, the media realized that their job as watchdogs has also changed.

The biggest thing that surprised me about this film is the fact that they never mention of discuss a certain fellow politician who at the same time was going through his own scandals yet somehow managed to stay squeaky clean even once he reached the White House.

This film shows some of the events in a very ambiguous nature to prove that even suspicious behavior will be watched even if no one knows anything for a fact; we might think that we know the truth, yet that is definitely pure speculation which adds so much more intrigue to an already interesting story.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing film because it uses events of today to show the connection to the past. Jackman is superb as Hart and we get a clear idea of what kind of politician and man he was.  It also shows the differing ways that people dealt with these kind of situations 30 years ago and how they deal with them now. It’s amazing that they were able to pinpoint when the shift happened and show the wonder on everyone faces when they all realize how much things have changed when the media realized that the fine line was no longer so fine. The one things that surprised me was that the film never tried to show how these things affected Hart at the time, but around the same time, there was a Governor doing the same kind of things and he managed to make it through it all. The ambiguous nature of the way they tell this story also works because we might think we know what really happened, but since it’s never revealed the whole story happens because of pure speculation which makes it even more interesting. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was made with only technology that was available in the 80’s.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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