Game Change Reviews
With candidates like Donald Trump. It is scary that these people don't really know issues they should know. I think my favorite part is when it mentioned that Ronald Reagan thought pollution came frome trees. The point is everyone is human and make mistakes.
That said, the whole thing from beginning to end felt rushed, and I wonder if maybe it would have been better as a miniseries. The acting was superb with the occasional exception of a cartoonish vibe from Moore's portrayal of Sarah Palin.
Perfect for those who think they are actually voting at he machine...
Perfect for those who do not realize that the
Federal Reserve is NOT A FEDERAL institution And is privately owned.....
This movie is scripted ...just like our news and elections.
This time around, the governor is not portrayed by the incomparable Fey but the luminous Julianne Moore, who disappears so completely into the role that it isn't hard to come to the clichéd conclusion that we're really seeing Palin go through the motions of a presidential campaign. Told through the perspectives of campaign strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) and communications head Nicolle Wallace (Sarah Paulson), "Game Change" covers the tumultuous tone Senator John McCain's (Ed Harris) took after Schmidt hastily choose Palin as his energizing vice president. Meant to be a bombshell to rival the ever-mounting star power of Barack Obama, Palin was selected due to her near universal adoration in Alaska and her enviable ability to magnetize crowds; but as it suddenly became apparent that Palin, naïve and never indebted with crushing responsibility, didn't know anything about politics, McCain's campaign took a turn for the worse, only heightening Obama's popularity with the public.
I was only in middle school during McCain and Palin's run for office, but it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Palin, wholesome and vulnerable, was an awful choice for vice president, not because she necessarily was an idiot but because she didn't know anything a vice president should know. Schmidt himself called her the greatest actress in the history of American politics, and we can only cringe as the film goes through long stretches where Palin is tasked with memorizing facts simply because energy and local issues are the only things she really knows about. We don't find ourselves making fun of her in the same way we did watching Tina Fey lampoon her week after week on "SNL", though; we almost pity her. She would have lived a much happier life had she stayed an Alaskan figurehead and never reached national notoriety - the catatonic state she found herself under before her infamous Katie Couric interview is understandable. One can only imagine what it must feel like to go from a small-time politician to a major one who no one has an ounce of faith in.
"Game Change"'s biggest weakness is that it bears the feeling of a TV-movie - the dialogue is often underwhelming, the photography flat - but that shouldn't suggest that it isn't dramatically thrilling. The behind-the-scenes stance is juicy in the most revealing of ways - acting as a panicked insider is much more enjoyable than being a judgmental outsider - and the performances are fantastic, never stooping to parody like they so easily could. Moore gives one of the greatest performances of her career, transforming herself so thoroughly we forget that we're watching Julianne Moore playing Sarah Palin, not Sarah Palin being Sarah Palin. Harrelson is excellent as the flustered, massively guilt-ridden Schmidt, and Paulson, superbly restrained, impresses as a woman who refrains from losing her cool so frequently we can only want to pass her a decorative pillow just so she can scream her frustrations away somewhere.
Of course, we still see Sarah Palin and let out a sigh of relief that she isn't currently a breath away from running the country - but "Game Change" is immensely successful because we are able to authentically see a controversial person from an entirely new angle. If we weren't convinced, "Game Change" wouldn't be such a good TV-movie. Thank God it's good at convincing.