It’s easy to focus, review and put the spotlight on the latest and popular titles on the circuit at any given time, like I’ve done before on here. Sometimes though, it’s great to check out titles that most won’t pay too much attention to which, sadly, leads most to passing on checking them out. With that said, I decided to change it up a bit and check out something different and less popular coming in the shape of Miss Sloane. Yes, it’s probably not the best or mind blowing title you’ll come across but sometimes you don’t need that as the content is enough to carry anything over the line, the same can be said in this instance.
Cast – Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, John Lithgow & Sam Waterston
Director – John Madden
Genre – Drama film/Thriller
Running Time – 2h 12m
Officially in cinemas this week (17th Mar), Miss Sloane is based on a woman called Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), a cutthroat lobbyist who revels on power and is a functioning paranoid. In addition, she is an adrenaline and pill junkie, she advocates for reducing taxes on imported palm oil for Asian governments but she finds a sense of morality and works to strengthen universal background checks bill against her employer’s position. She works against the Gun lobbies with their opposition team. She wins at first but hits a snag which was something she foresaw and have placed illegal measures to counter any offense and shape the outcome.
In reading the above you can’t help but think that there is something to it and you wouldn’t be mistaken. Despite that though I was a bit hesitant to give it a watch especially when you think that it’s just over 2 hours long and not much has been said about it prior. In the end though, the decision to go ahead and watch was a great one. It’s also important to mention that this is not an action-packed movie full of explosions, fight scenes, theatrics etc., instead what it is, is a movie with a great plot and a stellar cast to boot.
The movie is not perfect and probably won’t appeal to everyone, it’s more for an engaged and mature audience who watch for the content, acting and plot lines set.
In her role as the lead actor, Jessica Chastain does a fantastic job in bringing her character to life and making it as realistic as possible. Everything hinges on her character as Elizabeth Sloane who as mentioned before does whatever it takes, including crossing the legal lines sometimes, to get the job done. The movie is not perfect and probably won’t appeal to everyone, it’s more for an engaged and mature audience who watch for the content, acting and plot lines set. In addition, in parts it’s quite slow and takes time to get to the point but when it does up the ante it becomes a really good watch. A piece of advice, when watching, stick right till the end (otherwise what’s the point), there’s a nice plot twist that brings everything together and wraps the whole movie nicely.
Miss Sloane has a Goliath v David type of feel to it with the latter including a feisty and formidable woman who weaves her magic and bag of tricks to outsmart their formidable opponent. Will it appeal to everyone? Probably not but for the proper movie fan it’s worth a watch. Miss Sloane gets a cool 3 out of 5 rating.