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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…
for some reason i like watching these movies about terrible monsters, i have a morbid fascination with conservative politics.
Strong performance by Moore as Palin and less broad than I was expecting. Still a little unfocused and intent on fitting too much in. Who is our main character? Not Palin. I guess it's Steve Schmidt's story since we begin and end with him. But he disappears for large chunks. Not bad.
it was frustrating to watch HBO’s movie about the mccain / palin campign, game change. if it’s an accurate portrayal of events (and many say otherwise, of course), then the fact that a campaign and party would knowingly trot out someone as massively unqualified as palin (nobody credible says otherwise, of course)…shows such cynicism, and really puts their “patriotism” to question. to raise the notion that palin was even considered to be be emotionally unbalanced is somewhat bold. and again, if true, well, that paints a much broader picture of just how damaged DC politics have become.
julianna moore’s characterization slips from time to time, and woody harrelson is fairly unremarkable in the role. ed harris’s role as mccain is…
"I don't even like to say this, but has it occurred to you guys she might be mentally unstable?"
Am I alone in thinking that Recount is merely okay and this is fantastic? Wonderful performances, especially from Moore and Harris manage to completely ground the characters and add substantial depth to characters that could easily become caricatures.
We can laugh about it now that it's over, right...right?
It was good and interesting. No matter how accurate it is. I enjoyed the movie.
Man, this is one heck of a cast, with Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, Ed Harris as John McCain, and, of course, Julianne Moore as Tina Fey! Hey, I can understand why a filmmaker like Jay Roach would want someone more serious than Fey to play Sarah Palin, considering that he is the man behind such high-brow, respectable dramas as the "Austin Powers" trilogy, the first two "Meet the Parents" films, and "Dinner for Schmucks". Seriously though, he's back together with HBO to present us... "Recount II: The Republican Party Strikes Back"! Yeah, a goofball like Roach appears to be the go-to guy for these sort of political TV "dramas", seeing as how the liberal pseudo-intellectuals over at HBO don't…
Gran interpretación de Julianne Moore, la caracterización de Ed Harris como McCain es tan "Muchachada Nui" que te la tomas a risa.
Correcto retrato de la política real americana
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.
List of the collection of films I have on my 2TB external harddrive.
2012 was a great year for cinema with lots of exciting and memorable films. Here's my ranking of all 2012…