Originally Posted by Mightyqueen801
I am wondering--is this book supposed to be based on the book of the same name? I read it, and it was really good, but the bulk of Game Change the book is about the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race for the Democratic nomination, with a latter portion devoted to the Republican candidates during their primary, and then finishing with the final election.
The movie seems to be focused on Sarah Palin. While she is covered in the book--and it's really driven home how they realized quickly what a terrible error they had made in hooking her up with McCain--she's NOT the main focus of the story.
Yes. The movie concentrates on the McCain-Palin relationship only. I read the book too.
I think making a movie with a wider scope would be either boring or impossible. The book was divided into clearly separated sections, each dealing with the major candidates. Going from one to another would have been kind of schizophrenic as a movie.
I saw the picture, and thought it was pretty good. Julianne Moore was magnificent in her portrayal- even though she doesn't really look like Sarah Palin, Moore really captured her character completely. I thought she portrayed Palin in a very sympathetic manner, but the movie also displayed the depth of her ignorance and, in the end, willfulness. Woody Haroldsen was excellent- he went from being a cynical pro to real terror as he realized what he had done to McCain.
But it was nowhere as good as the totally fictional Ides of March
, the George Clooney film. That one fully captures the inside dealings, the cynicism, the idealism, and all of the stuff that happens in modern politics these days. Bryan Gosling was superb in it.
That's the one I recommend seeing over Game Change
, if you haven't seen either one. it got shut out of the Oscars, but it deserved one.