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Apocalypse not yet,
This review is from: Game Change (DVD)I am not sure if this is possibly a comedy or maybe a horror film. Assuming that it is largely 'true', I can only say that the world luckily escaped a major calamity.
An honest man, John McCain, committed a huge blunder by letting his relatively respectable advisers and campaign managers choose a wild gun as candidate for vice president. Seeing that Obama had acquired monumental celebrity status, and was leading strongly in the polls, they jumped on a desperate act of wishful thinking by selecting the awesome SP as running mate. They realized soon enough that some more vetting might have saved much embarrassment. The woman was entirely clueless, but on the other hand a talented campaigner and actress.
We all know what happened next. American voters were not daft enough to vote her into office.
She still hangs out there, making noses and doing damage, but essentially her influence seems to be contained within a large radical minority of illiterates.
The film does a credible job at reminding us of a period of danger. We can't possibly know if everything happened exactly like this, but the public scenes match my recollections and the unknowable ones look plausible.
Julianne Moore is a better SP than SP herself. She clearly outpalins Tina Fey, who was her own kind of genius. Ed Harris is his usual solid professional self as McCain. Woody Harrelson is the man to blame, he plays the genius who picked SP for the job.
There are moments in the film when one is tempted to sympathize with the poor woman, when she seems like a hunted victim.
There are also moments when one wonders how these losers are going to turn their losing position around. The standard formula of underdog movies gives us surprise victories against all odds.
What a relief to realize that this is a quasi documentary, not an underdog fiction.
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Initial post: Mar 18, 2012 8:04:45 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 8:21:45 AM PDT
Second coming? Don't paint the devil on the wall, as we say in German. I mean it in connection with this film now, of course. Let us hope that the woman is safely out of contention.
Posted on Mar 18, 2012 8:26:17 AM PDT
I am still looking forward to seeing this film. I have only seen clips which have peaked my interest.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 8:30:09 AM PDT
Some things get to me faster than lightning, others never
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 8:33:18 AM PDT
The woman will not be taken seriously although if there's a place where she would be, it would be in this country. This woman is dumber than a horse named Flossie. Her Paul Revere comment was as dumb as it got. People trying to convince us that what she said was historically accurate, is proof how blöt the American electorate can be.
Recently, this numb-for-brains said that Obama was trying to take us back to "pre-Civil War days." Imagine! A black man is trying to take us back to the days when he would have been a slave!
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