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Old January 13 2013, 03:22 PM   #10
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Re: HBO's Game Change

Netflix finally, finally brings the longed-for disc!

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McCain too came across better here than he did in the original book, where he often seemed to be losing his mind. The film concentrated on the better aspects of his character and personality; towards the end, we saw scenes of him defending Obama in front of rallies and in his concession speech. It didn't include his infamous 'lizard face' at Obama's back after Presidential debate or his rude 'this one' gibe at Obama durung another debate. He was portrayed as genuinely wanting to avoid a negative campaign - something that is perhaps open to debate.
McCain definitely got a kid-glove treatment. Of all the main characters, I think he's the only one never to lose his temper, which is ironic. I think everything showed of him in the movie was more or less accurate, though they didn't show any just-as-real moments of him looking totally out of touch, crabby, or peevish at Barack running for prez so soon. (He respected the guy, but definitely didn't think he'd earned the cred to run.)

Other than that, though, it's a fantastic and wonderfully entertaining movie that neatly demonstrates why we don't get great horror movies like The Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby anymore. Who needs demonically possessed children, let alone torture porn, when you can just show what the GOP actually does?

As cool as it'd be to see another Game Change movie focusing on the Dems, it's easy to see why they aren't doing one - Barack is extremely difficult to cast, HBO's Hollywood types probably aren't that interested in showing just how far up their own butts the Clintons went, and, the Edwards meltdown aside, the story just isn't as twisty. But the upcoming 2012 Game Change book has already been optioned, so we'll see how it goes...
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