For the same reasons that Sarah Palin is a riveting figure in American politics, the HBO movie Game Change is an astonishingly smart look at her and the world that put her in the position of John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Even when played by Julianne Moore, you cannot take your eyes off Sarah Palin.
A great moment comes watching Moore as Palin watching Tina Fey as Palin on television, for example, interviewed by Katie Couric played by Amy Poehler when she could not name a single news source for her policies. The SNL scenes say much about the infinite possibilities for satirizing Palin. By contrast, she comes across as nuanced and even likable in Moore’s depiction in Game Change. No matter what has been written about her family life, here she is at her best with son Trig in her arms and lovingly encouraged by Todd. With McCain (a fine Ed Harris), she is respectful, and for the most part, he with her.
At the Ziegfeld Theater premiere, more than one person remarked at how close we came to taking that bullet. A relieved crowd shuttled over to the Four Seasons for dinner: cast and crew, director Jay Roach, authors of the book Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Sarah Paulson, excellent as the Washington speech writer brought in to prep Palin, Steve Schmidt, and George Pataki, Tom Hanks, Bob Balaban, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tom Colicchio, Rachael Horovitz, Oren Moverman, Arianna Huffington, among many others.