The HBO film Game Change has been sitting in my PVR for a few weeks and I’m glad I finally got to it. The movie is superb.
Game Change chronicles Sarah Palin’s run for vice-president in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign. I will leave others to debate its accuracy. While Palin and John McCain have dismissed the film as fantasy, the filmmakers stand by their 25 other sources. Was Palin really unable to identify the location of Germany on a world map? Again, I’ll let others pick up that discussion.
Fact or fiction (probably somewhere in between), it’s great drama. The combination of director Jay Roach, who helmed the Austin Powers films and three of Hollywood’s finest actors – Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris – results in pure movie magic. If I paid to see this in a movie house, I would not have been disappointed.
With every accent and mannerism, Julianne Moore makes you believe she is Sarah Palin. Woody Harrelson takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as McCain’s campaign manager Steve Schmidt. And if you didn’t think much of John McCain before, Ed Harris’s convincing portrayal could change your mind.
I remember the moment McCain announced Palin as his running mate. It terrified me. Not because of her lack of foreign policy experience. But because it was great strategic move that could undermine Obama. At least that’s how it appeared at first. What this film does brilliantly is show how a great idea may not actually be so great once the “truth” comes out.
And to think I recently cancelled my HBO subscription. On second thought, that was probably a bad idea.