Living in Europe I really don’t follow the elections in the United States in much detail. I will hear about who’s running for each party and occasionally see some background detail or some jokes about a candidate, but that’s about it. Game Change looks into the presidential election of 2008, when Obama was running against McCain.
It’s a very interesting reenactment which tries to give the viewer a behind the scenes look into a campaign. According to this film Palin was chosen because McCain was trailing too far behind Obama and they needed someone who could help them get back on top. Palin seems to be the perfect candidate, but as time goes on cracks start to appear in her image. During the elections a lot of jokes were made about Palin, but Game Change doesn’t make fun of her.
It shows how she struggles with all the attention, everything that is expected of her and you really care about her. This is all thanks to an excellent performance by Julianne Moore. She’s not the only one who shines though as the cast is excellent, whether it is Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt or Ed Harris (who completely disappears in his role) as McCain. This movie successfully shows you the ins and outs of an election and with top shelf performances is one you should check out if you haven’t gotten that much interest in politics.