• Stars

Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain has done it again. She has amazed audiences with another brilliant performance as Elizabeth Sloane. This movie is all about Chastain even though Academy Award nominee John Lithgow is brilliant too as Senator Ron Sperling.

Chastain is supported by a sterling cast: Sam Waterson is George Dupont. Mark Strong plays Rodolfo Schmidt. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Esme Manucharian. Alison Pill plays Jane Molloy and Michael Stuhlbarg is Pat Connors.

“Miss Sloane” tells the story of a brilliant and ruthless lobbyist (Chastain) who is notorious for her unparalleled talent and her desire to win at all costs, even when it puts her own career and the lives and careers of others at risk.

“Miss Sloane” was directed by Academy Award Nominee John Madden who is best known for directing “Shakespeare in Love” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Written by Jonathan Perera, the “Miss Sloane (2016)” script was discovered from a query letter in the spring 2014. It was further developed and exposed to the market in early 2015. Perera was living in Asia at the time and was attempting to solicit industry reps over the Internet. In less than one year, the spec script was acquired, attracted an Oscar-nominated director and actress, procured financing and distribution, and was put on a progress-to-production track according to IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base.) This is almost unheard of in Hollywood and gives screenwriters everywhere hope, myself included.

“Miss Sloane” reminded me of last year’s movie “The Big Short” because it goes into great detail about lobbying and uses some of the jargon that most of us in the audience don’t know, but it is a commanding story and deserves all the accolades this film will get come the Golden Globes and Oscars.

I am not sure why this movie got an R-rating. Although it is definitely a film that only adult audiences will appreciate because it is way over the heads of kids and teens who do not understand how government works, I don’t remember any bad language, sex or violence that would garner an R rating. I thought this was a fast well-timed film that many adults will enjoy even if some of the details are over your head as it was mine.

Like I reported in my “Office Christmas Party” I have yet to figure out when and where “Miss Sloane” will show at the AMC theaters because their new website is confusing. I will work on that next week.

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