As a director, Jason Reitman has had a tough few years. After directing two best picture nominees — Juno and Up in the Air — and one film that should have been nominated (Young Adult), Reitman stumbled a bit with both Labor Day and Men, Women, & Children.
However, this year, it appears that he may be making a bit of a comeback. Earlier this year, he reunited with Charlize Theron for Tully and directed her to some of the best reviews that she’s gotten in a while. (The critical reaction to his directing was a bit more mixed.) Now, with The Front Runner, Reitman is returning to screen just in time for the Oscar season.
The Front Runner is a film about a presidential candidate (Hugh Jackman) who gets wrapped up in a scandal. Jackman has been getting some Oscar buzz. To be honest, most films about political campaigns tend to fall flat, largely because filmmakers always seem to get too caught up in their own biases to actually craft a compelling film. (Remember The Ides of March?) Hopefully, this film won’t get bogged down in ideology because I’d like Reitman’s comeback to continue.
Here’s the trailer: