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    Thomas Eagan
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    https://youtu.be/BAOYDcnVx6E

    Looks good. Add Hugh Jackman as a definite Oscar nom contender.

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    I fell asleep during the trailer. Like considering the world we are living in, i dont see the relevance of the story.

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    When I first saw the title I thought “Oh, they have finally made a film adaptation of the Patricia Nell Warren novel”. But alas it is not.

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    This could be this year’s The Post, but I doubt it’ll get that far.

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    I fell asleep during the trailer. Like considering the world we are living in, i dont see the relevance of the story.

    This story is extremely relevant in that it shows how far our culture has fallen in regards to what we consider morally repugnant behavior from politicians. Considering all the horrific shit we have seen from the Pussy-Grabber in Chief Donald Trump even before he was elected (minus the popular vote), it makes it shocking how swift and brutal the reaction was decades ago to Gary Hart for merely having an extramarital affair.

    lol it flopped hard in it’s debut at telluride. looks like critics agree with me. better luck next time.

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    I don’t see this being a commercial success. Jackman is probably its lone Oscar hope.

    THE OSCAR 100 (#5-1): Henry Fonda, Juanita Moore, Montgomery Clift, Celia Johnson and Gena Rowlands

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    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/telluride-hugh-jackman-angles-second-oscar-nomination-front-runner-1139194

    Apparently it didn’t “flop hard” at all. It isn’t being regarded as a masterpiece of any kind but it has received a solid reception. Somebody on these forums needs to not spread misinformation about movies bombing when they don’t.

    Totally agree. I get sick of hearing the critism like they have inside info and are experts. Don’t think so.

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    The Front Runner just got mixed reviews from TIFF.
    The acclaim focused on mere Hugh. Some people praised JKSimmon but there’re several guys saying he did not have enough time/plot to shine in the film.

    We could see some fans of Hugh Jackman still believing in him to get nod in Oscars, while they admitted the film itself wasn’t great as expected.
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>https://twitter.com/PetDocHill/status/1038601784787431425?s=19</p>
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>https://twitter.com/keithlovemovies/status/1038599177184464903?s=19</p>
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>https://twitter.com/OurJournalism/status/1038410648932122624?s=19</p>

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    I fell asleep during the trailer. Like considering the world we are living in, i dont see the relevance of the story.

    If you hadn’t fall asleep during the trailer (for which I can’t blame you) you would’ve realized the angle they were going for, it is going to be about the media and their power a la The Post last year.

    It is a total bait and I’m glad it is failing.

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    People are no longer interested in films about politics. They’re tired of it.

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    People are no longer interested in films about politics. They’re tired of it.

    I hope you’re joking because I don’t know what would make you think that. Most films that get attention these days are not radical or controversial in the same way that they were in the 1960s and 1970s, but I think the political nature of films has really come to the forefront of conversation recently. Just look at everything from blockbusters like Black Panther to “art” films like Blindspotting and Sorry to Bother You.

    If you are specifically referring to films about politicians, I’m not even sure if we can say that people are tired of them. So many films come out about different monarchs and historical politicians that audiences just eat up. I worked at a movie theatre during the Oscar bait season of 2017-2018 and we literally sold out dozens of showings of the Darkest Hour. I bet Backseat will also be popular this year.

    I just hate when people make broad generalizations that don’t really hold up. It’s like when people are talking about the death of the romantic comedy when dozens come out every year and it’s a genre that always sells (as a whole, whether or not particular films actually do well).

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    As we’ve grown to expect from Reitman, the film pretends to be timely and important, but is so middling and milquetoast that it barely has a pulse. As is the problem with most “ripped from the headlines” films, the movie simply assumes that we all know it’s an important story so doesn’t bother making a dramatic case for it. As a result, it’s just a tedious sequence of “This happened, then this happened, then this happened” episodes that just lie there inert.

    I was very much alive and an active Democrat when the whole Gary Hart debacle happened, and the guy had genuine charisma, but you’d never know it from Jackman’s performance, simply portraying him as an empty shell. The key to any political film–even the most cliched ones–is that you have the candidate have a speech or a town hall meeting or a staff pep session that shows you why he’s the Real Deal and a true man of Principles/The People/Democracy, etc. No such moment exists in THE FRONT RUNNER. If you’re young enough that you don’t remember this election, you’d wonder what the big deal is. This not only makes the film phony, but lazy to boot.

    JK Simmons is completely wasted in a nothing part. The rest of the cast barely make the slightest impression, other than the terrific Vera Farmiga, the only character to pump real emotion into the proceedings. The film hand-wrings about the scandal culture, the debasement of public discourse, and blah blah blah but doesn’t really take a stand on anything. It’s witless and spineless, and while it doesn’t have a 3rd-act train wreck like TULLY did earlier this year, that was 2/3 a good movie while this isn’t 2/3 anything interesting.

    YOUNG ADULT still remains Reitman’s best film (by a long shot). This? A clunker, and in a time when voter engagement is so critical (now perhaps more than ever), offering up a political tale that’s so self-important *and* boring borders on the offensive. Blech.

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