Miss Sloane digs deep into the dark heart of Washington, D.C. It’s a fitting film for the age of Trump, painting the political scene as a cutthroat world of con artists.
Jessica Chastain stars as Elizabeth Sloane, a lobbyist who will do whatever it takes to win. When she’s asked to fight against a bill that imposes regulations on guns, we expect her to jump at the chance. But to everyone’s surprise, she takes the moral high ground and joins the underdog boutique firm trying to put the bill into law. Sloane finds herself dueling with former colleagues, and we see that she doesn’t believe in loyalty — only in victory.
The film plays out as an Aaron Sorkin-
Bad behavior is a crucial part of Sloane’s strategy. She throws friends and colleagues under the bus without batting an eye. The film stumbles when it tries to make her shady methods seem
Miss Sloane is ultimately a showcase for Chastain, who gives the best performance of her career thus far. Like she did in Zero Dark Thirty, she creates a character who’s at once frightening and magnetic. Sloane’s steely determination is spellbinding. That’s not to say the film is without other compelling
This is a darker, edgier film for director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). And unlike many of his other films, which explore other eras and generally simpler, more romantic settings, Miss Sloane reflects the current political climate with laser precision, revealing warts and all. It’s a film we need right now — one that forces us to stare into the abyss and understand what lies in the darkness. Miss Sloane holds a mirror up to the ugliness of the political world. It’s a hypnotic, haunting spectacle.