HBO’s new movie “Game Change” has its fair share of haters for how it portrays Sarah Palin and John McCain, but most critics agree that Julianne Moore’s portrayal of the former Alaska Governor is spot on.
The Denver Post writes that Moore’s performance as Palin is Emmy worthy, saying: “Julianne Moore captures the serious side of candidate Palin’s public face in an Emmy-worthy performance.”
Liz Smith at the Chicago Tribune writes that if “Game Change” were produced as a feature film, Moore would easily be taking home an Oscar. Smith writes:
“I note that if this had been produced as a feature film and not a TV movie, Julianne Moore would win the Oscar hands down for the year. Nobody could have better replicated Alaska’s governor with more ego, charm, sex appeal, wrongheadedness and pathos… Julianne’s performance is simply breathtaking.”
Moore definitely worked hard to get Palin’s speech and mannerisms down for the new movie. The four time Oscar nominee said:
“The first thing I did was hire a vocal coach because, for me, she has an incredibly idiosyncratic way of speaking…. I watched her on television and listened to her voice. I tried to do the best I could to (play her).
Here’s a clip of Moore doing her best Sarah Palin in “Game Change.”
Did you watch “Game Change?” What did you think of Julianne Moore’s performance?
As far as the actual movie goes, critics can’t seem to decide if the it’s accurate, satirical, or insulting. Hank Stuever writes at The Washington Post that a person’s political stance will highly influence their opinion of “Game Change.” Stuever writes:
“Like its star character [Sarah Palin], the movie can be interpreted a number of ways, depending on your vantage point. If you are eternally baffled by Palin’s rise, then please enjoy the horror flick. If you harbor sympathy for someone who was plucked from near-obscurity and thrust into an impossible 11-week frenzy far beyond her skills or education, then it’s a psychological thriller. If you’re just a politics wonk, then it’s basically porn.”
Did you watch “Game Change?”