Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see ‘Miss Sloane’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

Gun control in the United States is a contemporary and controversial issues. “Miss Sloane” looks at the role of Washington lobbyists in American politics, delving into the impact they have on manipulating voters and swaying Congressmen. The film is highly relevant, making for an engaging and thought provoking experience. The protagonist, Elizabeth Sloane, played by Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Martian, Zero Dark Thirty) is a tough, hard hitting, brutally competitive lobbyist who takes on the Gun Lobby. The supporting cast includes Mark Strong, John Lithgow and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

“Miss Sloane” is a tension driven film. The dense dialogue is witty, cutting and fast paced, forcing audiences to engage one hundred percent (for the fear of missing a clever remark or integral part of the story). At times the script is not easy to follow. The film requires the audience to fill in the blanks and make assumptions about the technical terms used regarding lobbying.

“Miss Sloane” gives audiences a window into the competitive and harsh reality of lobbying. It spotlights the role of manipulation, corruption, power and money in American politics. The film gives the audiences a well rounded understanding of the influence of the Gun Lobby (one of the biggest and richest groups in America) and the almost impossible role in creating gun control legislation. Although focussing on the harsh reality of gun control “Miss Sloane” does not push an “anti gun” agenda. “Miss Sloane” successfully shows the impact of the Constitution’s Second Amendment in 21st century America. It provides enough breathing space for audiences to make up their mind about the issues at hand.

“Miss Sloane” is an ambitious movie because it does not rely on violence and action explosions as a means to engage the audience. Instead, the film utilises solid actors and a contemporary controversial issue to examine the isolation that comes with ambition and the line one is willing to cross to “win”. Strong female roles are a rarity in Hollywood and Jessica Chastain is outstanding as Elizabeth Sloane, she successfully carries the weight of this film. Her balanced portrayal of Sloane as charismatic and tough whilst also showing vulnerability makes for a well rounded and likeable character.

Audiences looking for a well considered political drama will enjoy “Miss Sloane”. It comes highly recommend as it is an intellectual thought provoking film which is refreshingly different from many Hollywood productions these days!

“Miss Sloane” will be in Australia Cinemas 2nd March

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