Books and Movies Reviews

Contender

In The Contender, Jeff Bridges plays the character of Jackson Evans, the President of the United States.Using James Barber's The Presidential Character, I would classify the character of President Jackson Evans as active/negative and perhaps active/positive.
In the beginning of the movie, he uses flattery to deceive the character of Senator Jack Hathaway.Throughout the movie, he refers to the nomination of Senator Laine Hanson as the "swan song" of his administration.From this, you would think he was using Senator Hanson as a tool, a way for his administration to go down in the history books.At times he exhibits a sense of fun and humor, for example, in his dealings with the staff of the White House.That time it felt like he was treating the power he had as President as a joke, like it's a trip that he can get what he wants (ex. shark sandwich).
Smug, satisfied, intelligent, but is he doing this for personal or professional satisfaction?He seems more concerned with having a "smooth nomination", less problems for his administration, than he does for Senator Hanson.Evans has nowhere left to go, he is halfway into his second term as president.Like Clinton, and many before him, he seems to be doing everything he can to make sure people will remember his administration.
Only towards the end do you start to feel different about him.His talk with Senator Laine outside the White House, his speech towards the end of the movie, these seem to point towards an active/positive president.He appears to care about Senator Laine.It could have been all an act, been that he was playing Senator Jack Hathaway for a fool.Filling his head up with nonsense in the beginning, will he prepared to attack later on.Could he be using Senator Laine the same way, appearing to care, doing what is necessary to keep her aboard?It also seemed to me, that the he kept away from the daily routine and left …

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