movie review: Fair Game
My thoughts: I was fascinated by this story when it was in the news. I haven't read Valerie Plame's book about the ordeal, but I was eager to see the movie. Although I was quite familiar with the story, the film maintained a wonderful amount of suspense. The story begins by giving the viewer glimpses into Plame's life as a wife, mother and spy. Although their small group of friends had minor roles, I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes of them discussing politics and current events at the dinner table with no idea Valerie was a covert operative who actually knew what was going on.
Despite my prior knowledge of the story, Naomie Watts and Sean Penn shined most as actors in the story of a marriage. The film was based on memoirs by both of them, and one never really knows what another marriage is like, but I was fascinated by their reactions to these very publicized private events. The film is definitely the story of Valerie and Joe, but director Doug Liman did a wonderful job incorporating video of the Bush administration to remind the viewer this far-fetched sounding story actually happened.
The verdict: As both a political thriller and an insightful look at one marriage, Fair Game is riveting. Naomi Watts gives a strong nuanced performance of a dynamic woman, but Sean Penn gave an Oscar-worthy performance as Joe Wilson.
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5 stars)
Length: 108 minutes
Publication date: It's in U.S. theaters now. See a map of where it's playing. You can also pre-order the dvd from Amazon.
Source: I paid to see it at the Spectrum Theatre.
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