Jessica Chastain has made a string of amazing films lately. I just reviewed her most recent one, The Zookeeper’s Wife. She is getting to be a sure bet when it comes to choosing a film to watch. This one is no exception.
“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.” -IMDB
Fri 09 Dec 2016 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director John Madden is known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and The Debt (2010). These are all powerful films in their own right. This story needed him to direct it because it is a larger than life story with powerful implications to women.
Jessica Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, a rough and tough female lobbyist who gives the “good old boys” of Washington a run for their money. She plays the tough woman well though it isn’t always the one we see her cast in.
The story goes like this: Miss Sloane will do whatever she needs to get the deal to go down. This is not different from a lot of legal and political dramas we’ve seen over the years. What makes it different is that she is just like the male stereotype in the field, even keeping her own male prostitute after a long hard day.
This is a compelling film to watch that never left me bored. Some of her consequences are predictable but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy watching them play out. How hard can one go until one blows a gasket mentally? Miss Sloane is representative of women who have become like the traditional “Alpha Male” and we certainly don’t begrudge them the right to. Whether it’s the best option as a career is an interesting topic for discussion. I heartily recommend this to keep you on the edge of your seat.