Excerpt: It’s a confused film that wants to be topical, but doesn’t want to commit to any theme or idea that can actually explore the complicated ways in navigating the public space as a politician, and their relationship to the press.
Excerpt: Snappy Sorkin-esque banter, 80s nostalgia, and Hugh Jackman in a bad wig yet still hot as hell. But also an enraging, ironic look at how a reality-TV resume ended up becoming a legit qualification for the American presidency.
Excerpt: Reitman and company let actions do the talking for a good two-thirds of the runtime and it’s a true joy to experience. The actors have brilliant comic timing with one another and everyone feels as though they’ve been on the road to cultivate relationships built on respect. I’d argue it’s the best-directed film of Reitman’s career, every facet proving almost impeccable.
Excerpt: Seventy years ago, a much better film came out about a presidential candidate involved in an extramarital affair with a younger woman, and the machinations of political strategists. That film is State of the Union, directed by Frank Capra.
Excerpt: Set to be released on the day of 2018’s midterm elections, there’s a case to be made for the apparent relevance of The Front Runner, it’s just a shame director Jason Reitman holds back from providing a more in-depth examination of his subject.