The Front Runner (2018)

Jason Reitman directs Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga and J.K. Simmons in political true story following Gary Hart, a presidential hopeful, who polled strongly in the 1980s until his extra marital activities were revealed by the press.

Hugh Jackman is fine in the central role convincing both as a man who could be the next Kennedy and sadly was like a Kennedy, just very much in the wrong decade. Reitman continues to direct films that are mature, politically astute and inhabit their subcultures fully. This one just never comes to life though. Just when the drama appears to be building up a head of steam… everyone just gives up. Roll credits. Frustrating…


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