Skip to comments."Game Change" is Everything Conservatives Feared it Would Be
Posted on 03/12/2012 4:53:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
In the run-up to the airing of the HBO movie Game Change, its detractors were told that the movie was fair and that the filmmakers tried to make it as balanced as possible. That it wasnt just two hours of Sarah Palin-bashing. Now that the movie has aired, their defenses have been undermined by the truth.
Game Change is everything that conservatives feared it would be.
Starring Oscar nominee Julianne Moore in the lead role of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Game Change is a strange adaptation of the nonfiction book written by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The adaptation is odd because it took one of the books storylines and focused solely on that. The original book was entitled Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime. And as the title suggests, Palin was a supporting player in it.
But in this new Jay Roach HBO drama, Palin is the star. Roachit should be notedpreviously brought us the forgettable 2008 political drama Recount. Like Game Change, Recount painted Republicans in a negative light andsurprise, surprise-- aired in the midst of a presidential campaign.
Recount also presented the female politician at its heart as a caricature, rather than as an actual person. Portrayed by Laura Dern, the character of Florida Secretary of State Katharine Harris was unfairly maligned in that film.
In Game Change, Palin is the one who is presented as a goofy and unfair caricature. She is depicted as an angry demanding diva who wants her way at all costs. She throws tantrums, yells and breaks her promises about supporting the McCain ticket. Her personality is extremely exaggerated and distorted in this film.
Multiple sources have already noted how many facts Game Change gets wrong. But in addition to such facts, its hard to argue that the movies format isnt set up with the deck firmly stacked against the Republican ticket.
For instance, there are two ideologies presented in this film. There are conservatives and there are liberals. Even if you dont follow politics, you can differentiate the two in this movie. The conservatives are portrayed by actors and the liberals are portrayed by themselves.
That means that Palin and McCain--along with their aides and allies-- are portrayed by people who likely dont share their political ideology. In itself, thats acceptable but on the other hand, their opponents are portrayed with real footage.
For instance, when we see then-Senator Obama, we are watching the real candidate. He is seen giving his campaign speech in Berlin and at the 2008 Democratic convention without any distortions. Of course, we also see Obamas adoring fans, weeping and celebrating the Democratic candidate. Members of the media get the same treatment with real footage of them used in the piece.
Its only the conservatives who dont get a real showing here.
It should be noted that there is one sole exception, not of a liberal being portrayed by an actor but by a liberal being caricatured in the film. That is John Edwards, who is seen in this infamous but wildly entertaining YouTube video.
But overall, I was grossly disappointed in Game Change. From adapting only a section of the book-- the section that paints conservatives in a negative light-- and by creating caricatures instead of characters, the film presents a distorted look at the Republican presidential campaign of 2008.
Admittedly, I was and continue to be a fan of Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. I wish, though, that they-- and others associated with this project-- would have worked harder to present a more fair and accurate portrayal of Governor Palin and Senator McCain.
For Hollywood and HBO to do that, it would have been a change from what audiences usually expect. Now that would be a real game change.
Big surprise, NOT.
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." -- Don Vito Corleone.
The best thing about the movie was that Julianne Moore for once kept her clothes on!
I watched “Undefeated” last night when it was on opposite “Game Change”. Why would anyone watch a fake Sarah when they could see the real thing?? Undefeated was outstanding and showed the quality person SARAH is and how she put Alaska back on track against huge odds from oil and corrupt politicians, many from the GOP ranks. The Dims little show will fall on deaf ears, and lets hope it cost them a huge amount to film and put out.
ABCNNBCBS are just agitprop arms of Gangster Govt., Inc.
Have you read this? I put a lot of thought into it.
Gangster Government, and Sakharov’s Immunity
I thought it was so ridiculously over the top, it made even good actors look cheesy. It was emarrasing for the actors and any lib with a conscience, for being attacking someone’s character to a disturbing extent and for being so obviously politically motivated.
They really are afraid of her
They really are afraid of her