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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…
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…
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…
“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…
Wouldn't it be crazy if somebody that stupid actually almost became president? Oh wait...
I want it to matter, but I get the overwhelming sense it doesn’t. Policy is secondary to elections for politicians. The game of getting to and retaining office has become the function of the office. It’s a farce. I happily don’t pay attention as much. As a result my feelings of disillusionment and alienation have withered.
After a couple of years sitting in my queue I finally decided to give Game Change a shot. Game change is a simple topical analysis of how Sarah Palin affected the 2008 presidential election. Despite knowing the outcome of all events involved, this felt fresh and interesting. Given the content, Game Change was paced nicely with only a brief slowdown in the second half.…
Interesting behind the scenes look, but doesn't feel like a fully conceived movie.
Julianne Moore's impersonation of Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin is spot-on. ;)
It makes Palin out to be a one-dimensional cold-hearted jerk which is fine, but I was hoping the film tried to find some sort of sympathy or understanding of the character. Nope! Not a single new dimension given to this woman.
I've never been so confident that I'm more qualified to be President of the United States than others who are dangerously close.
Read the book. It's far more interesting.
My first film of the year was from a recommendation by the excellent Hollywood Gauntlet podcast. Very well written and some amazing performances particularly from Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. Palin is shown as both vulnerable and terrifying and even got my sympathy at points which really surprised me. I knew very little about John McCain but came away liking him as he was portrayed. My understanding is that this film was pretty accurate which makes me even more thankful that Obama won...but where is the 2nd half of the book which shows his campaign ? Come on Jay Roach let's have a sequel !
My feelings towards this have improved on a rewatch, and I was impressed enough first time around! Both Moore and Harris are uncanny as Palin and McCain respectively and the film also offers us one of Woody Harrelson's finest performances. His 'I've created a monster' look as Palin heads off to greet her adoring supporters says all there needs to be said about the work of campaign managers and spin doctors.
Two things this movie taught me.
The only difference between soccer mum's and a bull dog is lipstic.
If you're going to run for president/vice president make sure your record is squeaky clean.
- 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
- The Master
- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
- Zero Dark Thirty
2012 was a great year for cinema with lots of exciting and memorable films. Here's my ranking of all 2012…