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 the immoral underbelly of some political movers and shakers and shows them to be pretty repulsive characters. There are no heroes here. The acting was excellent all around, but the story is so grim and the characters so repellent I couldn't wait for it to end. There were a few very interesting scenes, but a lot of it was quite dull. I felt like shaking my head and giving up on all politicians when the movie was over.
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. … more
**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 … more
THE IDES OF MARCH 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 … more
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 … more
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!