MISS. SLOANE (film) is mesmerising and gripping

Director: John Madden.
Cast: Jessica Chastain / Mark Strong / Gugu Mbatha-Raw / John Lithgow
Content Rating: R for some language and sexuality.
Source: Rented.

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.

I did not have high hopes for this film. Apart from seeing a less than enthusiast critic review, I'm not a big fan of political thrillers.
So why did I watch it? Because I'm a die-hard Chastain fan. I will watch anything and everything she's in (except Zero Dark Thirty because #goreandtorture).
I watched this film with little hope. But I ended up loving it.

"Lobbying is about foresight. About anticipating your opponent's moves and devising counter measures. The winner plots one step ahead of the opposition. And plays her trump card just after they play theirs. It's about making sure you surprise them. And they don't surprise you."

The sets are gorgeous. The cinematography is excellent, and the costumes are brilliant. I seriously wish I had Sloane's wardrobe; those outfits are to die for, and they looked incredible on her. Chastain's colouring is so stunning, and everything she wears in the film - including her makeup - accentuates that. 
The dialogue crackles with wit, and is as smooth and sleek as every other aspect in the film. Sometimes it's too produced - just too sharp and unrealistic; but it is irresistible to listen to. And in a political thriller like this, I think smooth, witty dialogue should be a given anyway. 

The whole movie is strong and passionate, but the start is extremely powerful. The action begins right away, the cinematography showcases the start of Sloane's day with a seductive anticipation, and Chastain's at the forefront of it all - sleek, sexy, and leading the cast and the plot. It's perfection. 

"You crossed the line when you stopped treating people with respect, {Elizabeth}. You're smart enough to know that. You just don't care."

The story is utterly gripping. Well structured, twists right until the end, and it determinedly balances heartbreak, suspense, tragedy, and female empowerment. It's thought provoking, and despite the premise is not so much about the gun-safety issue than it is about the danger of corruption and how far it can take and cost us. I'm not political, so I usually don't follow these sorts of plots in films or books, but this film had me glued to the screen. I really made an effort to focus on the political side and take as much in as I could. 
The only thing about the film I'm unsure about is the length. I think it's a bit too long. 

The cast is terrific. Mark Strong is a reliable strength behind Chastain, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw gives a beautifully tender yet empowering performance. But without a doubt, this film is Chastain's. 

She's sensational. Stunning, terrifying, and utterly alluring. She brings Sloane's brokenness right alongside the character's capability, and I was surprised to find myself rooting for the unlikeable heroine right until the end. Yes, Sloane's corrupted - eventually - and yes she's cold and ruthless, but you have to admire her determination, intelligence, and seething tenaciousness. For a women in what was - and perhaps still is - a largely male dominated field, Sloane's an inspiration and source of empowerment. I didn't always like her methods and I didn't like her character (although I frequently felt sorry for her) but I respected and admired her for her capability and foresight. She's a flawed, broken woman and she isn't the nicest person, but she's got gumption and she knows her stuff.
But Sloane's brilliance is in no way an excuse for her faults, and although it does come close, the movie doesn't condones her rudeness, cruelty, and downright arrogant persona. Sloane's called out on those faults by the other characters - particularly Esme - and she gradually realises her mistakes and comes to regret things she's done and said. I think that's important to notice.

Sloane aside, characters like Esme and Jane are equally feministic and inspiring. A contrast to Sloane, they have somewhat quieter strengths, and I loved how those weren't overshadowed by Sloane's prowess. 

Miss. Sloane is a stellar portrayal of a woman at the top of her game and refusing to fall. It's about the cost of corruption, and is an excellent film in every aspect. Visually it's sublime, and the writing is top-notch. 
It's gripping, empowering, heartbreaking and something I will certainly watch again.


  1. This review literally has me staring at the screen gaping xD That movie sounds BRILLIANT! Sounds like a master storyteller was behind it all. I guess it's a writers thing, but I really love flawed characters xD

    Awesome review! <3

    audrey caylin

      Lol, I'm exactly the same ;) Must be!

      Thank you! <3