For anyone who is overweight to American politics, which is now almost the whole world, the idea of a film about this subject can give you a break.
However, Sony's "The Front Runner", which opens wide November 21, is recommended because it offers a clever and important perspective on how we came to this point. It's also fun.
"Front Runner" is the first scenario for Matt Bai and Jay Carson who together have 40 years of experience in politics, or as a journalist and consultant for the campaign, ie Operative.
"Whether you care about politics or not, it's a story about human beings who are struggling with extraordinary circumstances," says Carson.
Bai adds that even for non-lovers of American politics, it is an opportunity to see the work of professional filmmakers. "You will also see an incredible ensemble of actors and a great actor [Hugh Jackman], all at the top of their game. "
When Penguin / Random House's 2014 book "All the Truth Is Out", Bai says: "We did not want to make a movie message or preach the choir. We wanted to ask the audience with difficult questions."
Studies are about the green light of adult movies these days, especially political. And this movie does not offer easy answers. So it was an exciting battle until they met Jason Reitman. When he read their script, he said, "I like your writing, but I see you have a lot of Hollywood notes. Let's make the version you want to do."
Reitman became their associate and director. "Jason has given us the freedom to do this," says Bai. "Let the audience understand what is important, what is appropriate, and who the hero is [or villain]".
The film shows 1987 as a perfect storm. Previously, the sexual life of a politician was beyond the boundaries of the media. But there was a new generation of journalist Woodward-Bernstein-wannabe, and successful presentation of the A Current Affair tabloid TV show in 1986 showed that the public was hungry for scandalous "news". It was a milestone when personalities and gossip were overcoming problems.
The film deliberately avoids answering the question of whether President Margaret Gary Hart had a relationship with Donna Rice: The question of "whether it is doing" is less relevant than the reaction of Hart, his family, campaign strategists, journalists and, most importantly, to the public.
"Ideally I went into politics and left it with my broken spirit," Carson says. "So with this letter I tried to find out why this happened."
There are two friends for years, and Bai cares with great care Carson with the observation that "politics is a human quest, a human drama, and it is easy to forget that there are people in its core."
Despite their background in politics and the effects of 1987, the script made them find new perspectives. Bai writes in the writing of the characters: "You have a more complex understanding of how difficult the dilemma is for everyone. I think this is particularly true with women in the film, Lee
Hart and Donna Rice, who was the first person to ever go through something like this; a lot of people did not seriously realize it as a three-dimensional person. We wanted to look at it from the perspective of a woman. "
Another strange fact: Reitman wanted his co-writers on set with him for the whole movie.
Although new to them, the film process has brought many reminders on difficult days on the campaign trail.
"It's a similar atmosphere, where you throw yourself together with people and make a connection in a short time and cause each other to do better," says Bai. "The similarity between the campaign and movie production was unusual."
Carson adds, "It was a life that imitates life-mimed art. Sometimes PTSP has caused Matt and me to feel that making is so much a real campaign that it is often shocking."