Movie Review #334: Game Change

A different take at the Obama-McCain battle

Game Change takes you to the height of the 2008 presidential elections, but instead of focusing on the eventual winner you get to witness the election at the point of view of the McCain campaign. While I’m not sure how accurate the portrayal of the events may be, I was definitely amused by the new perspective.

The film features Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as Senator McCain and Woody Harrelson as Schmidt, McCain’s campaign manager. The three of them brought in great performances and dabbed with make-up they make it seem so believable. It’s a roller-coaster ride of emotions as you feel both the frustration and excitement each character experiences throughout the movie – most notably Palin’s as Moore really got into character and was the best among the three. As for the story, aside from a few emotionally-intense scenes there was nothing out of the ordinary but as a complete whole it was satisfying. It should be worth your while if you give it a try, and it doesn’t really matter what your political view is. It’s more about how Palin changed the game, not how they lost the elections.

GRADE: B

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