“Game Change” is a new HBO movie about the 2008 Presidential Election. The focus is the John McCain campaign and their game changing move of selecting Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, as a running mate.
The film stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain. Their performances are as authentic as they can be. They recreate real life interviews and speeches, but the real story is the behind the scenes events.
Now who knows how much of this is real and how much is fiction but it all feels fairly true to life. Director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong do a good job of never exaggerating or attempting to paint these characters in certain lights. We see them as they are. Although I don’t imagine McCain drops as many f-bombs in real life as he does in this film.