After the Miss Sloane premiere in the AFI festival, the first film reviews started to surface. Check some excerpts below:
Elizabeth is far from likeable, but she is fascinating and emotionally complex, and Chastain crafts a tour de force portrait of a character whose relentless professional dedication and apartness from others makes her something of a sister to Chastain’s similarly obsessed character in Zero Dark Thirty; certainly these two roles represent her signature screen appearances to date. (The Hollywood Reporter)
For Chastain, who’s a decade younger than the writer originally imagined, Sloane is an extension of the gender-blind game-changers she has played in “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Interstellar,” and “The Martian” — formidable professionals so capable and determined that their actions have world-changing consequences. Here, behind her dark, talon-like nails and impeccable smoky-eyes makeup, behind her character’s shoulders-back confidence and ultra-confident strut, the actress affords tiny glimpses of Sloane’s potential vulnerability, popping uppers like Tic Tacs or, in one rare instance, begging a colleague for forgiveness. Even so, the script enigmatically leaves “what makes her tick” an open question till the end. (Variety)
Sloane is the meatiest role that the steel-jawed star has had to chew on since she played the motherfucker who found Osama Bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty,” and she picks the part clean to the bone. Cagey and commanding, Chastain is able to thread the needle between being a tactician on par with Winston Churchill, and a vulnerable person whose heart beats too fast for anyone to measure the size of its leaking hole. She claims victims on both sides, manipulating her allies to destroy her enemies. At one point, she even throws a fellow lobbyist (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) under the bus, exploiting a personal tragedy from her past. (Indiewire)
For Jessica Chastain there’s a constant trait found in her best roles: the characters she plays are obsessives. In Zero Dark Thirty she played the female operative behind locating Osama Bin Laden. Those obsessive qualities were also found in Crimson Peak’s Lucille Sharpe, as well as Anna Morales, the Lady Macbeth-type from A Most Violent Year. But perhaps Elizabeth Sloane, the tenacious lobbyist she plays here, is arguably her most obsessive character yet. (…) Chastain tackles this challenging paradox by playing Sloane for who she is: tough, driven and uncompromising. The warmth that earned Chastain her first Oscar nomination for The Help is stripped bare. As Sloane, Chastain’s only smiles are self-satisfied ones. The actor doesn’t sweat to earn sympathy; it’s Sloane’s tenacity that demands it. It’s a brave approach, and it works. (The Guardian)
“Miss Sloane” premiered at the 2016 AFI FEST. It will open in theaters on November 25.