COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Game Change Review

Created: 01/16/2013 12:13 PM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

I watched a very interesting movie on Blu-Ray this past weekend called “Game Change” from HBO Home Entertainment.

“Game Change” is about John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and is based off of the book with the same name. It was written by Danny Strong and directed by Jay Roach whom haves won a 2005 Emmy for the HBO film “Recount.” Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman were the executive producers for the film as well.

“Game Change “shows us what went on behind the scenes of the 2008 McCain presidential campaign. The film starts out in 2010 with Steve Schmidt who is a Senior Campaign Strategist, being interviewed by Anderson Cooper and Steve is telling the story of what went on during McCain’s campaign with Sarah Palin. 

The film is a flashback of what went on during McCain’s campaign and it really focuses on why he chose Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate and all of the challenges that they both faced during the election. 

I really thought the story was great, because I really didn’t know that much about why McCain chose Sarah Palin and the events that led up to John choosing her. I don’t know how accurate the film is, but I also learned that Sarah Palin had to go through a lot of preparation when she did interviews and public speaking.

“Game Change” has an amazing cast and I felt that all of the actors did an amazing job playing their roles and also looking like the people they were portraying. Ed Harris played John McCain and did an amazing job.

You would swear that it was John McCain. Julianne Moore played Sarah Palin and I thought she looked exactly like her as well. Woody Harrelson played Steve Schmidt and he did an excellent job as well. 

Some of the other cast members include Ron Livingston, Peter MacNicol, Sarah Paulson, Jamey Sheridan and Bruce Altman. In my opinion the casting director did an excellent job with their choices of actors.

The review copy of “Game Change” that I received from HBO Home Entertainment contained the Blu-ray disc, a DVD copy of the film, and a code for a digital copy of the film. I thought that this was great, because you could watch the movie if you were traveling or if you didn’t have access to a Blu-ray player.

There are two special features on the DVD that I thought were very interesting and entertaining.  The first one was called “Creating the Candidate.” This contained interviews with political experts such as Ed Rollins, Gloria Borger, Karen Tumulty, Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin. 

They talked about all of the different and unique characteristics that people must have to run for president.

The second feature is called “Game Change: The Phenomenon.” This was very interesting because more political experts talked about the election controversy. The directors of the film and writers of the book talk about the process of converting the book into a movie.

I really liked HBO Home Entertainment’s “Game Change” a lot. I thought the story was interesting and the actors did an amazing job.  “Game Change” is about 129 minutes long and is rated TV-MA.   

I would highly recommend “Game Change” to anyone that is interested in seeing what went on behind the scenes of John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.