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Mrs. Sloane review by Bobby Blakey

There is something about a good political thriller that really keeps you on the edge of your seat if handled properly. The latest, Mrs. Sloane I knew very little about, but features a great cast including Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, John Lithgow, and Sam Waterston. This has the makings of a great film, but does it offer up that special something that will get you all in or will it not be able to lobby you into its side?

Mrs. Sloane follows Elizabeth Sloane who is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. From the moment this film kicks off you can see that Chastain’s Sloane is not a woman to be messed with. She is not all that likeable in general, but for the job she does that is par for the course. Chastain brings a strong presence to the role that fit it to perfection and allowing a strong woman in a man’s culture to dominate in the best way possible, with her wit and mind. The rest of the cast do a great job as well, but this is Chastain’s show all the way. I love the recent focus on trying to create more powerful woman on screen and here they do something even more unique they show one that still has needs, but goes about them in her own way to maintain control which is just who she is and why she is successful.

The story doesn’t do much outside of things we have seen before in these kinds of films, but the powerful performance from Chastain and the rest of the cast help to elevate the majority to something more. There are aspects that are a bit predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised the way they angle these directions into moments that are still clever and will no doubt catch some off guard. At the same time the big twist ending, while I enjoyed despite seeing it coming may put some off as it does take an otherwise self-contained strong character down a more generic direction for the finale. There have already been some who didn’t like this, but I felt it fit right into who she is from the get go while still offering up so much more to who she is and what she is willing to do to win.  

In the end I really enjoyed this film and kept me intrigued to where it was all heading right until the very end. It’s not breaking down any barriers in this genre, but the strong performance from Chastain and the great supporting cast infused with this compelling story is one that delivers more than you might expect and worth checking out.

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