Game Change (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
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I really enjoyed the film, which is amusing and also downright scary at time. The performances are excellent, and Moore will walk away with a Golden Globe for sure.
Game Change was pretty even handed in it's dirt digging, exposing some ugly facts about Hilary Clinton's 2008 campaign as well as the bedroom shenanigans of John Edwards. For HBO's new film adaptation of the book, from the same guys who gave us the excellent Recount a few years ago, the focus is squarely on the Republican side of the ticket, and the roller coaster that was John McCain(Ed Harris) and his polarizing running mate, Sarah Palin(Julianne Moore).
Consider the film less of a biopic and more of a fact finding mission, as writer Danny Strong attempts to uncover how a dedicated war hero with a campaign proudly boasting "Country First" could nominate someone as hopeless as Palin to be within a breath of the Presidency. The obvious answer is desperation, but there's more to it than that. It takes a concerted and sustained level of willful ignorance for something like this to happen, and it starts right at the top.Read more ›
1) Sarah Palin was not "discovered" by an aid and thrust into this. If that had been the case, I probably would've had more sympathy for her and dismissed her mean girl antics. She had applied for the spot and met with McCain in Feb of 2008. While she was a surprise pick (AKA McCain's "Hail Sarah" pass), she was known and had pursued this, enitrely of her own intiative.
2)Likewise, the Bill Ayres thing had already been tried and failed. Everyone knew about it. SP brought up the "pallin' around with terrorists" because they were losing so badly at that point, they were grasping at straws.
3) As noted above, John McCain more often than not threw temper tantrums and behaved like a baby. He was nothing like the way he was portrayed.
4) Palin didn't "do okay" in her Charlie Gibson interview (basically it marks the beginning of her rapid descent) and her debate performance was hardly a winner. While she didn't throw up on herself or run screaming out of the studio, the film ignored her bizarre winking, constant "maverick" insistance and laughable non-stop references to Wasilla and portraying it as the epicenter of the universe.
The only news outlets or pundits who credited Palin as having won, were deeply conservative ones. Everyone else awarded the debate to Biden. Which really didn't matter, because they were trailing wildly at that point and John McCain had repeated embarrassed HIMSELF in his debates. Plus it was the Vice Presidential debate, it meant nothing-----Lloyd Bentsen cleaned future VP Dan Quayle's clock in their debate---and he still lost horribly.Read more ›
"Game Change" will probably not please many people, at least from a political point of view. People who despise Sarah Palin will probably think the film is too sympathetic towards her, as she is portrayed as a devoted mother and wife, as a charismatic public figure with the ability to connect with people in a way that few politicians do, and as a person genuinely committed to her Christian faith. At the same time, those who love Sarah Palin will probably think the film portrays her too harshly, showing her as not terribly intelligent, combative, naive, and narcissistic. In a way, the film's greatest strength is also its weakness - it portrays a polarizing figure as a complex, real human being.
All character-driven films that succeed have to be cast with excellent actors, and Julianne Moore's exceptional, multi-faceted performance completely anchors the film. Moore's performance was especially critical in this case, because aside from her performance as Palin, there is not much else of interest. Woody Harrelson gives a strong supporting performance as Steve Schmidt, the advisor who first champions Palin as John McCain's running mate and then comes to regret it, but the character is never really fully fleshed out. And Ed Harris, a fine actor, is rather wasted playing John McCain. The character is portrayed as a benevolent, paternal figure, far from the volatile loose cannon he is rumored to be in real life.Read more ›
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SPECTACULAR! Perfect acting from everyone involved and a serious indictment of Sarah Palin, catalyst for the Tea Party.Published 4 days ago by M. N. HALL
I don't know how accurate everything was, but it was interesting and entertainingPublished 4 days ago by Lynn M. Rodriguez
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Riveting portrayal of the honorable (McCain) and the dishonorable (Palin) in American politics.Published 6 days ago by Peter S
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