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Politics is a dirty game, where everyone will lose their idealism. Tell us something we did not already know. The screenplay is the only place where this slick political thriller (I use the word “thriller” very loosely) written and directed by George Clooney falls behind. On all other fronts this is a first class film.

In The Ides of March we see Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), who is the second in command on Governor Mike Morris’s (George Clooney) presidential campaign, admit he is a true believer that Morris is the real thing. Unsurprisingly Meyers later on finds a fault in his candidate’s squeaky-clean image and gets sucked into a web of lies and cover-ups. The web is put into motion when Morris’s opponent’s campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) contacts Meyers for a meeting behind the back of Morris’ campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman). In a weak moment Meyers agrees and instantly makes himself a pawn between the two seasoned campaign managers. Add into the picture a young campaign intern Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood) who seems to be only interested in Meyers, but who also has a dark secret. Game on and it’s the survival of the one who will sell his integrity and soul.

Big-name cast delivers stellar performances. All the characters are multi-dimensional and give the actors a lot to work with. The direction and acting are superb. I just wish the screenplay had been more unpredictable.

Sophisticated and well-executed drama. Just be sure you are interested in politics – otherwise it will put you to sleep.


One comment on “THE IDES OF MARCH (2011)

  1. rwhyan
    March 22, 2012

    I was really into this movie, the acting was great (obviously) but beyond that it was a pretty tense film. I don’t much care for politics and I still enjoyed it but you are right, you have to WANT to see the movie otherwise ppl could get bored.

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