Hugh Jackman plays disgraced US politician Gary Hart in The Front Runner, directed by Juno's Jason Reitman.
This compelling drama explores Hart's 1988 presidential campaign, in which he was tipped as the favourite to take over the country. However, his efforts and personal life fell apart spectacularly when the press controversially decided to run a story of an extra-marital affair, throwing into question the nature of media accountability and political transparency.
The movie screened in advance last night for Unlimited members, and we've rounded up some of the responses. Here's Charlotte with a glowing appraisal.
A compelling drama with an excellent performance from Jackman who is supported by a fantastic ensemble cast. It has a lot to say about alarmingly relevant issues related to politics and the media.— Charlotte Sometimes (@sometimesmovies) January 7, 2019
Neil says the movie's script raises a lot of provocative and intriguing questions.
Enjoyed a lot. Evokes a few thoughts: What a wasted opportunity for Hart to have led America; how much do human frailties affect lives & power; how much has society changed since the press ignored JFK’s affairs, and how did Trump’s history avoid being affected by the same ethics?— Neil (@neilfly) January 7, 2019
Thomas Hartley concurs, praising the movie as a troubling and compelling watch.
Really enjoyed it. A great commentary on how not only politics but the media itself, can corrupt a man.— Thomas Hartley (@therealowlstom) January 7, 2019
Anita praises the central performance of Hugh Jackman as one that gets under the skin of the disingenuous, desperate Hart.
It took a while for me to get into it as US politics is new to me, but overall it was decent. I loved the character played by #mollyephraim and of course @RealHughJackman was amazing as always. Worth a watch!xx #TheFrontRunner #CineworldUnlimited— Anita Eivazmohammadi (@princessneetz) January 7, 2019
And Chloethepooch says the movie takes an agreeably balanced view on sensationalist material.
It was brilliant. Hugh is awesome and has a stellar supporting cast. Flows well and is not sensationalized . Great soundtrack too— chloethepooch (@chloethepooch01) January 8, 2019
However on the issue of balance, some viewers found the movie an unsatisfactory watch, including Laura.
Glad I saw it on preview, so thanks. Thought the acting was very good but couldn’t save a very flat film which seemed unwilling to explore the any of the points raised, or show the impact the story had on current politics. A real shame.— Laura Creaven (@lauracreaven) January 7, 2019
And Cheltenham Cinematic says the movie could have done with a more substantial approach to the scandalous events depicted.
#TheFrontRunner has some great actors, but difficult to get into & enjoy, it needed more intro at the start of the movie & let the viewer know who’s who etc. Felt let down there wasn’t more Spark, sure there was Smoke, but no Fire. ** #CineworldUnlimited #UnlimitedScreening— Cheltenham Cinematic (@CheltCinematic) January 7, 2019
Anyone else who was at last night's screening, tweet us your responses @Cineworld and using #CineworldUnlimited. For those who did attend, you'll be able to watch The Front Runner again when it's released in Cineworld on 11th January.
And your Unlimited journey doesn't stop there this month. Batman star Christian Bale undergoes another startling transformation in comedy-drama Vice, the latest from The Big Short director Adam McKay. Bale piles on the pounds in this multi-generational look at the life of influential US vice president Dick Cheney, who served under George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell). Bale, Rockwell and co-star Amy Adams (who plays Cheney's wife Lynne) have all been Golden Globe nominated for their roles in this intriguing political story.
Click here to book your tickets for Vice, screening in advance on 16th January 2019.
And finally, your month of Unlimited screenings rolls to a close with twisty M. Night Shyamalan thriller Glass. Fusing the worlds of the director's films Unbreakable and Split, this is unlike any other comic book movie you've seen before. Unbreakable character David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and his nemesis Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) are now under psychiatric observation for believing they are a superhero and super-villain duo. But when the evil Glass enlists the assistance of split personality kidnapper Kevin (James McAvoy), whose 24th personality the Beast is a rage-fuelled monster, the entire world is threatened.
Click here to book your tickets for Glass, screening in advance on 17th January 2019.
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