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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Defining history...

Just watched Game Change. [Warning: Link has spoilers if you haven't seen it yet.]

It was riveting. Just as The Social Network was.

I suspect it'll have a similar impact; even though it's a movie, it -- like any movie -- is a work of fiction. I'm not slamming HBO's work. Far from it.

But even though when you see a movie you know it's not real, you've seen it. On some level, it becomes real for you. It's defined events whether you saw them or not.

This isn't like The King's Speech in that there's considerable decades from 2008. Putting the three together, Game Change, The Social Network, and The King's Speech... it's pretty safe to say that for many viewers, that is how those stories will be perceived.

I don't necessarily feel the same way for all three, though; only two have characters I really care about. I think Bertie and Lowe are marvelous people, and probably always will.

And that applies to the sympathetic figures of Game Change too: Steve Schmidt, Nicole Wallace, and yes, even Sarah Palin some of the time.

Game Change was brilliant. Wow.

ETA: When Nicole cries, I nearly cried myself. How shattering it must have been, to be a political operative, and to make that choice on Election Day.

1 comment:

Rachel V. Olivier said...

You know, I'm watching Canadian Bacon now. And it was made to be a parody, a comedy. Social commentary, but still a comedy, right? Well, it's not so funny anymore when you stop and listen to how the president is trying to find someone to create a war with so that Americans won't pay attention to their smog, rising interest rates or lack of employment. Wow.

I guess movies are like that. And books. You read them at one point in your life. Gain knowledge. Reread them. ANd then suddenly they're a new book or movie. Context.