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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.
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Game Change explores the matchless political and cultural phenomenon that is Sarah Palin. It gives the '08 campaign additional behind-the-scenes material and takes us back to all the infamous milestones that lead to Sarah Palin's uprising. Moreover, it shows how moderately intelligent people can make stupid decisions. Although I wouldn't doubt Palin's incompetence for a minute, I must say that certain moments seemed almost unbelievable. Could she really not have known what the Fed is or that Korea is not one country? Well, maybe. Nevertheless, Julianne Moore does a fantastic job at portraying and humanizing Sarah Palin. Overall, it's quite entertaining, but surely not as entertaining as the woman herself.
Ooh this was painful to watch.
Surprisingly though not entirely for the reasons you might think.
What we see in Game change is the story of a man who is desperate to do well by his candidate. He has a prospectively brilliant idea and cuts corners to make it happen.
Then the corners start reappearing and screwing things up for him in the guise of a well-intentioned but not well-educated hockey-mom.
I didn't know much about the McCain/Palin campaign at the time beyond Youtube/Facebook/Twitter declaring 'dumb republicans are dumb' (a message I'd already heard plenty of during the Bush Jr administration).
What is impressive here is that they don't take the easy way out by declaring the same.
An interesting and dramatised look at the "Hail Mary" tactic used by a doomed political campaign, and the wider implications that it can have long after the polls have closed and the votes counted.
Game Change shows us why the system matters, and why diplomacy, democracy and consensus always trumps the individual will and ego of one particular political identity, regardless of the current political popularity.
Sarah Palin's rogue and unqualified nature are magnificently captured by Julianne Moore, and Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris, along with a great cast of supports, perfectly play out the circus that was the 2008 GOP Presidential election.
This film was both embarrassing and enthralling in equal measure, and is almost... almost as good as watching the real thing play out!
HBO's political movies definitely don't feel like movies you see in the theatre. They're most definitely TV movies. But that's alright. What this is is nothing more than a book on film- a dramatization of events we all remember well but with the fly on the wall thrill of behind the scenes info. I could have probably just read about it, but seeing Julianne Moores depiction of Palin's catatonic withdrawal under pressure had the effect of "I can't believe this really happened." Which is probably just what they were aiming for.
Not an amazingly made movie but such a gripping story that made for a very engrossing experience. Definitely recommend.
McCain's discomfort with exploiting racism and fear for populist appeal - and Palin's extreme comfort with it - feel like a preview of our current situation.
this wasn't meant to be a comedy but it was.
MVP Woody. Of course.
I love HBO political movies like Recount and Too Big to Fail but this one is head and shoulders above the rest. There is something about this move that draws me in every time I watch it. The performances from Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson are tremendous but Julianne Moore as Sara Palin is simply one of the greatest performances I have ever watched. Anyone who can humanize Palin and make me feel for her really captures my attention. On top of the acting the script is perfection and keeps me enthralled from beginning to end. This movie give me a small hope that some politicians, like John McCain truly do care about what they say and do during a campaign.
Despite the political context and all I got into it and actually even felt sorry for S. Palin. Julianne Moore, brilliant as always, as is rest of the cast. If one must make a film of a campaign, this is not bad...
I was enthralled and interested from start to finish.
Anti-American films are the most patriotic films you can make, to be honest.