Plot Summary: Follows John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, to their ultimate defeat in the general election.
Director: Jay Roach
Writers: Mark Halperin (book), Danny Strong (adaptation), and John Heilemann (book)
Stars: Ed Harris, Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson
Serious Jest: (Must See) Once again, HBO makes a recent historical event more exciting, insightful, and thought-provoking than you could have imagined. The cast is amazing. If Palin would have had Moore stand in for her during the elections, the GOP might have won.
In all seriousness, though, it is pretty clear that Palin’s selection played a big part in the fast decline of McCain’s popularity in 2008. What really happened behind the scenes, and whose fault things really were, the general public will never know for sure. It is important to understand that this dramatization is one version, but it is an incredibly interesting one. Don’t miss this film.