Officially nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, The American President should have been granted other Oscars too. It’s an amusing romantic comedy reminiscent of the old Frank Capra films. Though not handled with kid gloves, the president comes across as quite shy and even innocent in his relationship with a Washington lobbyist, thus creating a vivid contrast taking into consideration the power of his office. Issued in 1995, The American President appears to be one of a number of mainstream films favorably focused on the presidency, including Dave and Air Force One leading the list. It’s quite debatable. However, what's not really debatable is that The American President appears to be one of the best romantic comedies of that decade.
In this particular movie, Michael Douglas performs the role of Andrew Shepard, widower as well as President of America. In the political world, Shepard appears to a sort of king, who enjoys unprecedented highs in his job approval rating. However, the president's private world has proved to be empty. The only close human being in his personal life is his daughter. Certainly, he misses his wife a lot. Following an environmental policy gathering with Washington lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade, Shepard considers a possibility to ask her out. However, he takes tips from aides A.J. MacInerney as well as Lewis Rothschild on making his decision.
When the president arranges a date with Sydney, her presence at the White House appears to be obvious to the media. As a result, the president's approval rating edges down. The surging scandal is further intensified by Senator Bob Rumson, opposition leader, who utilizes the scandal as a launching pad for his own campaign in order to win the presidency. As spectators, we’re eagerly looking forward learn whether the good guys win or the evil Rumson manages to take down the president.
There’s nothing extraordinary in the plot structure of The American President. The screenplay itself appears to be far from masterful, to put it mildly. However, what relaly makes this movie so successful is the way in which actors breathe life into the dialogue. Acting President Andrew Shepard, Michael Douglas, demonstrates the audience why he’s a Hollywood titan. Obviously, his presidential demeanor appears to be a West Wing prelude, that should make Martin Sheen proud, though his interaction with Sydney Ellen Wade as well as his daughter Lucy picture a human picture of a tough political character.
Officially nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, The American President should have been granted other Oscars too. It’s an amusing romantic comedy reminiscent of the old Frank Capra films.