Miss Sloane is probably the best movie produced in 2016 that I have had the pleasure to watch. Excepting a nudge for Jessica Chastain at the Golden Globes 2017, for Best Female in a Drama, this exceptional political thriller went almost unnoticed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). A real pity, because as much as I like Emma Stone in almost all the movies she plays, she didn’t deserve the recent Oscar she got. Something went fishy this year at the Oscars, reason that kept me from writing about them yet, even for an award’s archive, as usual.
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Miss Sloane – Plot and Short Description
Despite the spectacular headline – “In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.” – Miss Sloane is a movie about perfection and dedication. It reminds me of John Grisham, only there isn’t such a smart character in any of his novels. Elizabeth Sloane is dedicated to win her goals. She proved that that she isn’t a cold machine without scruples because she chooses to fight according to her convictions. If someone wants to label the movie as “feminist” is wrong, because a woman like Sloan doesn’t exist in real life. Elizabeth Sloane is perfection. She has sound logic and she plans her moves before her opponents. Usually she wins, no matter the price.
Cast and Production
Jessica Chastain is Elizabeth Sloane, the power lobbyist. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Esme Manucharian, a colleague at Schmidt’s. Sam Waterston is George Dupont, Sloane’s former employer. Alison Pill is Jane Molloy, Sloane’s apprentice at Dupont’s.John Lithgow is Congressman Ron M. Sperling. Mark Strong is Rodolfo Schmidt, Elizabeth Sloane’s last employer. Michael Stuhlbarg is Pat Connors, a former Sloane’s colleague at Dupont’s firm. Jake Lacy is Forde, a male escort.
Miss Sloane is directed by John Madden and written by Jonathan Perera.
Here you have the trailer:
There are not many unfavorable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but the most unfavorable of them all, has definitely raised my attention. It says about Chastain’s Miss Sloane that she is “shrill and exhausting, a ruthless, stressed-out, all-business career gal whose only intimate relationship is with a male prostitute”. The quote isn’t out of context, but it’s exaggerated. You may notice that with all the fuss about privacy invasion (not at all unjustified), as you can observe in various other movies, especially where governments are involved, the most dangerous surveillance equipment is privately possessed, not on the hands of some bunch of smart cops. They usually don’t have the funds to do their jobs properly.
You may learn a lot from this movie. Miss Sloane is an example, a good one.
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