3 1/2 stars. julianne moore was fantastic as always (i actually felt for palin, which is impressive), and i was very engaged. not particularly groundbreaking movie otherwise, and liable to similar inaccuracies as with any political movie (esp regarding currently living people)
While obviously truncated and dramatized in parts, Jay Roach's Game Change is an engaging, entertaining portrayal of the disastrous 2008 Republican presidential campaign. Steve Schmidt is on the record as saying the film is very accurate, which makes sense considering it's largely told from his perspective. It's all about Julianne Moore, who is a great Palin, dumb as a pile of rocks but dynamic all the same.
What surprised me most about Game Change was how much I found myself engrossed in the story -- especially as a staunch Democrat. The acting here is superbly pulled off, but Julianne Moore gives Tina Fey a run for her money in terms of portrayal. I was impressed from the first frame all the way until the very end, and would definitely recommend watching this if for nothing else than it is a great biopic.
Julianne Moore totally gets under the skin of Sarah Palin adding this performance to the list of her best. Fine supporting cast with kudos to Harrelson, Harris, Sheridan and Paulson all excelling here. Strong script and performances carry this HBO production which does lack in its direction and editing structure.
The ever-gorgeous Moore does a great impersonation of much-maligned Sarah Palin, but the film predictably doesn't venture beyond the territory of Culture Wars; in other words, the film won't change anyone's perceptions about the U.S. political system as a whole, because attention is so squarely on the famously uninformed Palin ("I'm not sure how much she knows about foreign policy" says an advisor. No shit.)
Like the book it's based on, Game Change is gossipy, superficial, full of inane (but fun) detail, and entertaining. You won't learn anything from this movie that actually matters, but you'll have a good time. And isn't that basically what politics is all about these days?
Julianne Moore was fantastic, and both Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson were great. It was nice to see Sarah Paulson too—I love her. Apparently this story is quite factually accurate, which I demand in a film based on real events. The story was fairly simple (nothing crazy from a film perspective) but enjoyable.