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Politics would never be the same.
Based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Game Change focuses on the Republican run of the 2008 Presidential election, when candidate John McCain picks a relative unknown, Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, to be his running mate. As the campaign kicks into high gear, her lack of experience, in both political and media savvy, becomes a drain upon McCain and his strategists. Directed by Jay Roach, who previously directed the HBO film Recount and the Austin Powers movies, Game Change premiered on HBO on March 10th, 2012.
HBO have a good track record of producing political drama. The TV movie, Recount, about the Florida electoral recounts during the 2000 elections was gripping television so I was intrigued to see how they would tackle the McCain-Palin campaign of 2008. Sadly, Game Change can’t match their earlier efforts with some of the problems coming from the film’s execution and some from the audience’s prior knowledge.
It is a handsomely produced film with strong performances across the board and a clever blending of fact and fiction. Julianne Moore’s uncanny portrayal of Pailin is naturally getting the headlines but it is Woody Harrelson as the campaign strategist that really steals the film. My issues with the film are that Palin is…
American politics is a crazy business. At the moment, you can barely make it through the day without hearing that one of the two leading candidates for the presidency of the free World thinks we should be able to open the windows on aeroplanes or that a candidate for the US Senate thinks that pregnancies that occur as a result of a rape are an “act of God”. In most forward-thinking countries, such people would be laughed out of town before they even had a chance to inflict untold damage and misery on the populace. Yet, in the United States both of these men – and many more like them – look set to take the reins of power…
It's probably fair to say I've only had a passing interest in US politics in recent years and am largely uninformed of the intricacies of presidential campaigns. Obviously, the historic dimension of the 2008 appointment of Barack Obama wasn't lost on me and I do recall the furore surrounding Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running partner - Governor Sarah Palin.
However, most of my insight was gleaned from the popular spoof of her various faux pais by comedian Tina Fey on TV show 'Saturday Night Live' which rather pleasingly find their way into this film. This comedic element hints at the more personable and less stuffy approach director Jay Roach and HBO have taken with the material.
Based on a…
In 2008 John McCain was the candidate that was running against Barack Obama for the elections to the president of The United States. The strategist Steve Schmidt suggested what is called a game changer, a person who would form a new strategy a person who would change the way things were done and that person was Sarah Palin, the woman that could have been the vice president of the US.
People just loved her, she was more popular than Obama, after all she was a mother of 5 children and she was an ordinary woman that did ordinary things and I guess that was the main idea to be shown to the people in US, a member of the government…
“Oh my God, what have we done?”
Luckily, Game change, a story of an Alaskan senator’s meteoric rise and fall, shies away from an easy path of voyeurism or ridicule. Its portrayal of Sarah Palin as someone well-intentioned but over her head (and a half) is humane, at times almost touching – although McCain came across as too saintly for my liking.
It’s interesting to realize this HBO movie was directed by Jay Roach, whose other works – Meet the parents, Austin Powers, and the recent The campaign – exhibit very little of the fairness and warmth on display here. Game change seems much better than Roach’s theatrical releases, even though he can be caught aping Sorkin and the hypercleverness…
Brilliant HBO film on a fairly well-known event, the republican campaign of 2008 and the choosing of Sarah Palin as VP candidate.
And what a great cast. It's certainly not just Julianne Moore's film although she is absolutely great, Ed Harris also manages to provide a very sympathetic portrait of John McCain. But I'm pretty sure that it is Woody Harrelson as political adviser Steve Schmidt who gives the stand-out performance.
Most of us can remember Palin's screw-ups from four years back, if not, believe me they are all repeated and elaborated on here. It will be made quite clear in the film that she was the wrong choice, it's probably even quite an enigma that she had become Governor…
Great performances lift this TV drama about the ill fated McCain campaign, nice to see Republicans portrayed on TV as non crazies for a change.
One of, if not the most spectacular film on modern politics. Absolutely breathtaking.
It seems like this movie was made by a bunch of liberals purely to lampoon the idiocy of Palin, which is fine, but at certain points I had to wonder just how accurate the behind the scenes information they were presenting as fact was. This movie walks an extremely fine line between parody and schlock, and while it never truly devolves into a schadenfreude piece (largely thanks to Harrelson) it definitely left me wondering why it was even made when these events just happened and we all watched them live on YouTube. Yes, Sarah Palin is a hillbilly idiot who is fun to laugh at but this movie was also just kinda unnecessary.
Quite possibly one of the most frightening speculative horror films I've ever seen. Just the thought that a dullard like the fictitious woman portrayed in this film could be one heartbeat away from the presidency makes me weep. Thankfully, I know that such a scenario could never present itself in real life. No one, and I mean no one would be stupid enough to allow that to happen.
Riveting account of the failed McCain 2008 campaign, with a focus on Sarah Palin. Julianne Moore is outstanding as Palin, who is depicted rather sympathetically as a person thrust into an insincere campaign process she has absolutely no preparation nor capacity for, but who still proves to be a hit with Republican followers. The film skillfully weaves in media coverage of the campaign, even going as far as including Tina Fey's hilarious SNL send ups. Along with Jay Roach's other similarly themed film, "The Campaign", this has been a very political election year for the director. "Game Change" comes off as the (much) better of the two, and is actually quiet funny in itself.
Being European my interest in American politics is so-so, so I didn't pay much attention to McCain and Palin at the time of the presidential elections, and though I did wonder what the fuss around Palin was about, I didn't look into it. Watching this clued me in!
I thought this was good light entertainment, Julianne Moore is remarkable, as is Ed Harris. Well crafted, entertaining and well paced, I really liked this, it had the right amount of drama and humour to keep me hooked till the end!
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
- Casualties of War
- The Bonfire of the Vanities
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- The Age of Innocence
- Game Change
poorly worded title says it all.
there's plenty more out there. suggestions welcome
for those whose letterboxd poster don't have…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- The Master
- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
- Zero Dark Thirty
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