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The Ides of March

A 2011 movie directed by George Clooney.

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  • Sep 17, 2011


Written by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Directed by George Clooney

Starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood


Stephen Myers: Nothing bad happens when you’re doing the right thing.

Governor Mike Morris: Is that your personal theory because I can poke holes in it.


George Clooney has been mulling making THE IDES OF MARCH for a few years now. When he first wanted to make it in 2008, he decided to put his plans on hold because of the political climate. The United States were on the cusp of a monumental election and a financial crisis and he did not want to take advantage of either. Three years later though, Clooney and his longtime production partner, Grant Heslov (GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK) think the timing is now right to unveil their political thriller to the voting public. Apparently, it is acceptable to be critical of their government again.


Clooney plays Governor Mike Morris, a seemingly genuine and upstanding gentleman, who is trying to secure the democratic party nomination for the upcoming presidential race. Naturally, nothing is as it seems and it would appear that no one can get to such great heights without stepping over a few people along the way. To get where he is, you also need a crack team behind you and Governor Morris’ includes actors as diverse and talented as Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood. Hoffman is the veteran, Wood is the intern and Gosling is the shiny new guy who is clearly on his way to greater things. In fact, Gosling’s career appears to mirror the position of his character, Stephen Myers. The man is certainly on his own streak and his lead performance here is another that will certainly continue to propel him forward.


THE IDES OF MARCH is a compelling and engaging thriller, despite not bringing much new to the table. Gosling’s Stephen gets caught up in the political crossfire behind the campaign scenes and it becomes a pretty harrowing challenge for him to ensure he still comes out ahead of everyone else. And while Clooney’s execution is smooth and effective, it does cater a little too often to his own political views. Clooney did not want his character to be a republican as he thought the criticism would be too obvious. As a democrat though, he gets the chance to voice all of platforms on topics as heated as gay marriage and tax incentives for the super rich. Everything he says seems so sensible, the film becomes something of a criticism for all politicians, as if to suggest it could be as easy as he claims if they would just get it together. And while Clooney may not be ready to run for president, he earns my vote for being a top notch film director.

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October 08, 2011
This is another one I want to see! It sounds like a great look into politics and it's too bad that Clooney didn't go Republican, I would've been interested in seeing him play that role a bit right. We all know how he feels and I tend to agree but, it would've been a great challenge for him...I guess I'll have to see the film to comment on if it would've been "too obvious". Great review!
October 09, 2011
I believe it is just because Clooney believes that, as his character is far from perfect, that it would seem like he was denouncing Republicans.
October 09, 2011
Which he does every day of his life lol....
October 07, 2011
I was going to see this today, but I was given free tickets for "Real Steel" so I went for that instead. I am glad to know that Clooney did a good job here as director. I think I'll try to see this one on Sunday....thanks, Joseph!
October 08, 2011
I'm not even sure I would see Real Steel if it were free!
October 08, 2011
I did kinda regret it.
More The Ides of March reviews
review by . October 11, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
It's not personal. It's just politics.
Mao Tse Tung said: Politics is war without bloodshed. War is politics with bloodshed. Ides of March proves the truth of this.      In George Clooney's more recent movies, he has become an acting chameleon moving with the deftness and surefootedness of a mountain goat, winning five Academy Award nominations and one Oscar for Syriana.      Up in the Air I considered good though overhyped, the thriller The American, brilliant but underhyped. A personal favorite. …
review by . February 23, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**1/2 out of ****    The problem at the core of "The Ides of March" is that George Clooney - serving as writer, director, and star - seems to believe that he's exposing truth and preaching to a whole new generation of politically active people. An avid Democrat himself; I'm surprisingly impressed by Clooney's ability to hold back on the Republican-bashing in his latest feature; whilst taking dead aim at the world of politics as a whole instead. "The Ides of March" is an anti-political …
review by . October 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         George Clooney – the co-writer, co-producer, and director of The Ides of March – cast himself in a supporting role as a Pennsylvania governor turned Democratic presidential candidate. As self-congratulatory as you may find this, I’ve actually seen the movie, and believe you me, no one else could have played this character. In politics, it’s not just about a candidate’s party platform; it’s also about charm and …
review by . November 02, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Unpleasant political drama
A presidential candidate (George Clooney), his top aide (Ryan Gosling), and a young female staffer (Evan Rachel Wood) are the focus of this depressing political drama. Though utterly charming, the candidate is shown to have feet of clay, involved in a dangerous triangle with the other two.      On the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was assassinated; in this Ides of March, we see the death of political idealism. This is most definitely not a fun date movie or a chick flick; it exposes …
Quick Tip by . October 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Anyone looking for a little further insight into THE IDES OF MARCH, should check out my interview with actor, Max Minghella. In case you aren't sure who that is, he is in this movie, was in The Social Network and is also Anthony Minghella's son.    http://blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com/2011/1...iews-max-minghella.html    Enjoy!
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Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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