John Hanlon

That means that Palin and McCain--along with their aides and allies-- are portrayed by people who likely don’t share their political ideology. In itself, that’s acceptable but on the other hand, their opponents are portrayed with real footage.

For instance, when we see then-Senator Obama, we are watching the real candidate. He is seen giving his campaign speech in Berlin and at the 2008 Democratic convention without any distortions. Of course, we also see Obama’s adoring fans, weeping and celebrating the Democratic candidate. Members of the media get the same treatment with real footage of them used in the piece.

It’s only the conservatives who don’t get a real showing here.

It should be noted that there is one sole exception, not of a liberal being portrayed by an actor but by a liberal being caricatured in the film. That is John Edwards, who is seen in this infamous but wildly entertaining YouTube video.

But overall, I was grossly disappointed in “Game Change.” From adapting only a section of the book-- the section that paints conservatives in a negative light-- and by creating caricatures instead of characters, the film presents a distorted look at the Republican presidential campaign of 2008.

Admittedly, I was and continue to be a fan of Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. I wish, though, that they-- and others associated with this project-- would have worked harder to present a more fair and accurate portrayal of Governor Palin and Senator McCain.

For Hollywood and HBO to do that, it would have been a change from what audiences usually expect. Now that would be a real game change.


John Hanlon

John Hanlon writes movie reviews and about pop culture for our site. He can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon.