Monday, March 19, 2012

Movie Musings: GAME CHANGE

After having seen this video comparing Moore's performance to Palin's actual appearances I'm willing to believe the filmmakers here made an honest effort to portray events realistically.

So this didn't feel like an overt smear job.

But of course I'm dying to know what's a recreation here and what's artistic licence. Because some of the more disturbing moments in the film are powerful precisely because you're worried they might actually be true, but you just don't know.

Anyway, Moore did a phenomenal job as Palin. At times during recreations of some of the campaign events I had to look hard to see if it was the real deal or a redo.

Harris didn't take the same approach and his McCain comes off as a well meaning, but slightly naïve and idealistic grandfather figure.

Woody Harrelson is great, but as always he's Woody Harrelson, so, you know, CHEERS.

I loved GAME CHANGE although, like in TOO BIG TO FAIL, I was a definitely discomfited by how close the States keeps coming to the edge of disaster.

1 comment:

  1. Steve Schmidt (Harrelson's character) has said on Morning Joe that the film was very accurate.

    From Wikipedia:
    "Ten weeks of the campaign are condensed into a two-hour movie. But it tells the truth of the campaign. That is the story of what happened." He later said that watching the film was tantamount to "an out-of-body experience."

    The authors of the book on which the film is based, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, also seem sincere when talking about the research they did and the itnerviews they conducted.



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