Election 2008

Game Changer or Whatever It's Called

The HBO movie based on Mark Halperin's unsourced, index-free book about the 2008 election has a new trailer.

I'll probably watch it, but I probably won't like it for several reasons.

1) It's based on a Mark Halperin book.

2) It's too soon. The scene in the movie in which Palin is delivering her convention speech is almost uncanny valley-style uncomfortable because the speech is so recent, we remember exactly what it looked and sounded like. So Julianne Moore imitating the pit bull lipstick line feels fakey and contrived. They should have stuck with the behind-the-scenes story and avoided the familiar public stuff -- The West Wing approach. Don't show Bartlet delivering the State of the Union because we all know what it looks like and the television replication of that scene would take us out of the story due to its lack of authenticity.

3) It's based on a Mark Halperin book.

4) Ever since HBO did The Late Shift, these recent-history dramas with familiar actors playing familiar living celebrities just feels cheap and silly. In the Game Change trailer (I hate that it's called a "game" because politics isn't a game, it's deadly serious) I don't see McCain or Palin, I see Ed Harris trying to be McCain and Julianne Moore trying to be Palin. It feels like a novelty or an SNL sketch.

5) It's based on a Mark Halperin book.

So that's that. I suppose it'll be fun to watch Moore portray Sarah Palin losing her shpadoinkle.