updated 02/29/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/09/2012 AT 10:15 AM ET
No one doubted that Julianne Moore would nail the physical details playing Sarah Palin in Game Change, about the Alaska governor’s astonishing explosion on the political scene in 2008 as John McCain s running mate.
So, yes, she does “the voice,” which is flat yet nasal. But that’s just the starting point. Moore is an unusual actress: At her best – and she is here – she’s completely empathetic but also mysteriously remote. Her Palin from moment to moment is absolutely real – but always open to interpretation.