Love or Hate 'Game Change,' Julianne Moore Morphs into Sarah Palin
HBO's politically charged film Game Change premiered over the weekend and became the most watched original film on the cable network in eight years. No doubt the star power of subject Sarah Palin in her run for vice president in Senator John McCain's 2008 bid for the presidency fueled viewers' curiosity, but the battle across the aisle between liberals and conservatives about the film's unfair portrayal of the Alaskan governor's short-comings probably didn't hurt either. However, while I found the film to be quite good, I'm not here to argue anything except the undeniable fact that Julianne Moore disappeared into Sarah Palin.
Whether or not you agree with director Jay Roach and his depiction of Palin's problems with foreign policy or even our own government's rules, regulations, court cases and departments, the fact remains that Moore's performance, especially when it comes to recreating real-life interviews, speeches and appearances seen by millions back in 2008, is nearly flawless. It's not an exaggerated, comedic take that Tina Fey made famous quite hilariously on "Saturday Night Live," but an honest, passionate performance, much like Josh Brolin gave in W. or Anthony Hopkins gave in Nixon.
If this were a film that was released in theaters, Julianne Moore would undoubtedly be getting some Oscar love, and you can bet an Emmy nomination will come her way this fall. If you don't believe me, check out this mash-up video (via THR) putting Moore's performance side-by-side with some of the real interviews and speeches depicted in the film:
And if you still happen to be crying fowl at this film because you're a Palin supporter, or you just don't agree with this adaptation of the highly publicized election on the Republican side, make sure you note that Steve Schmidt, the real life Republican strategist and former adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign, portrayed in the film by Woody Harrelson, told THR this:
“I think it was very accurate. For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It gave you a little bit of PTSD at times. It did for me .But, look, I think it’s a story of when cynicism and idealism collide. When you have to do things necessary to win, to try to get in office to do the great things you want to do for the country and I think it showed a process of vetting that was debilitated by secrecy, that was compartmentalized, that failed, that led to a result that was reckless for the country."
This isn't meant to be political, but rather an examination that a film from HBO has garnered the controversy, audience and praise of a theatrically released film, and that Julianne Moore dove head first into this role and came out on top. This film isn't about whether liberals and conservatives are right or wrong, or even about who shouldn't been in the White House after that 2008 campaign, or even about the political problems facing our nation today. This is about a solid piece of drama, no matter how you agree with the ideals of a political party, and the great performance on Julianne Moore in the driver's seat. Thoughts?