Game Change Gets Huge Ratings, And A Video Comparing Julianne Moore And Sarah Palin

By Jesse Carp 2012-03-13 17:22:29 discussion comments
HBO Films' Game Change debuted on the weekend and, amidst or because of the controversy and attention it garnered, the movie managed to grab the highest ratings for the network in eight years. Of course, any movie about the current political climate and its players would likely create the kind of buzz to pique both audiences from the right and the left to tune in to the program, so it's no surprise the ratings were huge. It's a lot like that line in Howard Stern's Private Parts when the network are discussing his audience and how the people that hate him actually listened to his program even more than fans because, well, "they want to see what he'll say next."

And with the media attention as well as the politicians being portrayed fuelling the flames, Game Change saw over 2 million people tune in to the premiere with a total of 3.6 million when all viewers were accounted for... I wonder if the Republican administration will ask for a recount? Sorry, but this film being from writer Danny Strong and director Jay Roach, the same artists that made the HBO Film Recount, I just had to make that bad pun segue. The pair's previous political adaptation unravelled the electoral disaster that saw George W. Bush become President of the United States despite the, uh, well documented problems with the process and this time around the pair explore another political phenomenon - as Jay Roach puts it, "how we choose our leaders."

Using the bestselling book "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime" by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin as a template, the Game Change film narrows its focus on the McCain ticket and specifically revolves around the selection of Governor Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential candidate. I was fortunate enough to be one of the millions of people tuning in to watch Roach's film and I found it absolutely riveting as well as a cautionary tale about assuming too much about our elected officials, and how the desire to win unwittingly created a monster. I don't mean that Governor Palin is a monster - in fact the film and Julianne Moore do an amazing job of humanizing a woman I personally do not like or agree with - but that the whole political process is a Frankenstein-ian abomination complete with its meddling scientists, angry mobs and misunderstood protagonists.

And the film about the highly under qualified Vice Presidential nominee and then Governor of Alaska is brilliant with Julianne Moore stealing the show. There's always the mimicry debate when an actor plays a real person, especially when that character is not only alive but still so much in the public eye. We are right in the middle of the current search for the new Republican presidential candidate, however, Moore goes way beyond merely a surface or superficial portrayal. That's not to say that the Academy Award nominee doesn't look exactly like and absolutely nail the former Governor's mannerisms but there is a real depth to the performance. Line up the trophies, she's taking them all home. Luckily, we already have a video comparing Moore's portray of Palin cut to the actual interviews on which the sequences were based. Take a look and see the uncanny performance.


Video via The Daily What.
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