Art has a funny way of imitating life.
In the 1998 film, Primary Colors, Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta) is Bill Clinton-esque politician who has his eyes on the White House. His wife Susan (Emma Thompson) is loyal and unwavering in her support of her husband’s ambitions. Unfortunately, there are a few bumps in the road to the White House in the form of a sex scandal. Seen through the eyes of aide Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) this film makes a statement about American politics.
This film hits home for many, especially those who lived through the sex scandals that plagued the Clinton era presidency. Underneath the fiction, there is a truth about our government and how willing the voting public is to forgive a politician’s questionable past.
I recommend it.