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|Original title:||The Front Runner|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 113 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
He was considered one of the great hopes for the Democrats in the election campaign for the presidency. But as meteoric as the rise of the charismatic Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) at the end of the 1980s was, so ruthless was his crash when the press got wind of an alleged affair of the politician. Although his wife (Vera Farmiga) stands steadfastly by him, Hart becomes the first political victim of tabloid journalism. And although he vehemently defends his convictions, he can no longer shake off the dark shadow that the affair has cast over his credibility, and he has to make a momentous decision…
"The Top Candidate" tells a true story that very few in this country are likely to know. But the influence that the events surrounding the US senator had on the tabloid press's dealings with politicians has long been felt here in Germany. That's why director Jason Reitman has not only succeeded in creating a stirring, but also a relevant political drama. Especially in today's media landscape, private missteps and derailments of politicians seem to play a much bigger role than their actual work. This is, of course, an instance of maladministration that needs to be discussed.
However, the film also illuminates the other side and stimulates the audience to an intensive and important discussion: Is the integrity of a man or woman holding a political office still there if he or she does something morally reprehensible - even if it only concerns the private life of the person concerned? Can a private person be separated from his office without further ado - or should that be the case at all? But if that's the case, then why is a Donald Trump president of the United States?
Dramaturgically, "The Top Candidate" can score points because of its topicality. But the staging is also at a very high level in terms of acting. Apart from the fact that Hugh Jackman's hairstyle looks a bit wiggy, the Australian delivers a first-class performance supported by a really great ensemble. The thrilling game then transfers the other strengths of the script very well to the screen. Anyone who appreciates clever and intelligent political dramas with high entertainment value should definitely vote for this top candidate. Absolutely worth seeing!
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