Director: Jay Roach
Starring: Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Peter MacNicol
I don’t normally write about made-for-TV HBO movies. Lately, there have been quite a few that have had lasting impressions. Whether they are documentaries (Paradise Lost 1-3) or feature films (Mildred Pierce, Grey Gardens), HBO offers a wide range of movies garnering lost of buzz and awards. Next up is Game Change starring Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, and Woody Harrelson. The movie is an adaptation of the book of the same name by John Heilemann. It follows the campaign run of John McCain (Harris) and Sarah Palin (Moore) as they try to win the 2008 presidential election.
Julianne Moore is an actress that I consider one of the greatest. She has a way of completely giving into the emotions and physicality of a character. Whether she’s playing a porn star (Boogie Nights) or a depressed 1950s mother (The Hours), she is fantastic at playing the vulnerability and sadness that comes to each person. In Game Change, she has the daunting task of playing former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Tina Fey has previously portrayed Palin on “Saturday Night Live” and knocked the impression out of the park. After watching the trailer, Moore looks like she will be a dead-ringer for Palin and will give another stellar performance. Moore is no stranger to award ceremonies having been nominated for 4 Oscars and should have been nominated for A Single Man and The Kids Are All Right. I have a sneaky suspicion that she could pull a Kate Winslet/Mildred Pierce and win all of the “Best Actress in a TV Movie” Awards at the Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards.
This week’s issue of “Entertainment Weekly” has an interview with Moore about her transformation into Palin. You can pick it up on newsstands now.
Game Change comes to HBO on March 10.