Although Fair Game ends with a rousing call to arms in defense of democracy, and justice is somewhat served, you won't walk out of the theater with a smile on your face. In fact, when I looked around, the sparse crowd that made it through the end credits was mostly slumped in their seats. There's just nothing that can fatigue you quite like the misdeeds of the Bush/Cheney crowd, unless it's a movie about the misdeeds of that gang.
You may remember the run up to Iraq II had the Bush Administration touting the existence of aluminum tubes, yellow cake uranium from Niger, and the threat of a mushroom cloud as a smoking gun, as fine reasons to pursue the conflict. Problem was they were all lies, they were exposed, the war was pursued in any course, people died - lots of people died - and the perps ultimately walked. That's the movie, but with more life than I ever got from the NY Times or any news stories.
Fair Game manages to mix espionage, high crimes, and family drama into a well acted and tautly directed movie that paradoxically entertains as it depresses. Sean Penn and Naomi Watts are terrific as the married protagonists Joe Wilson and Valery Plame, and the smaller parts are cast in a way to mimic and caricature the Karl Rove's and Scooter (Scooter? who would name their kid Scooter?) Libby's of the world.
It's worth seeing as cinematic and somewhat fictionalized history, but you won't walk out smiling.
“Fair Game” is a film that I can respect as it seemed to avoid the feelings of ‘sensationalism’ amid its screenplay. It seemed to stay within the realms of its premise and yet it never reached the limits of such a premise. I feel that the film was a little too safe and didn’t go deeper into the story of this woman who had served her country faithfully and was finally revealed as a CIA operative just because of her husband’s own revelations. … more