The Candidate

The Candidate

A film which has all the specificity that comes from being written by political advisers + pundits. Guys who know the rat race, the publicity, and the day-to-day grind of running an unpopular campaign.

Redford is easily the film’s best asset — as a Bobby Kennedy-like politician. His unreadability is a great factor, allowing us, and his potential constituents, to project essentially what we like onto him. One of the women at the voting booth: ‘All my neighbors are voting for him ‘cause he’s handsome. But I always say, handsome is as handsome does.’

And the ending. The whole "what now?" as the press try to barge through the door. A perfect moment of quiet panic amid the chaos.

In some ways it seems a more literal expression of ideas made bigger in Nashville...