The Ides of March: the terribly tense political thriller of George Clooney turns 10
The Ides of March (M, 101mins) Directed by George Clooney **** ½
Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) most certainly “drank the Kool-Aid” on his latest project.
Being part of the mastermind of Gov. Mike Morris (George Clooney) ‘s (George Clooney) campaign to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Meyers not only believes in their “radical solutions,” such as taxing the rich and abandoning the United States’ dependence on oil , but has complete faith in the candidate himself.
“He’s the one that’s going to make a difference in people’s lives,” Meyers told anyone who’s ready to listen.
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Known as a skillful media manipulator, Meyers’ talents have been jealously observed by rival campaigns. But surely there is nothing better than supporting a man who was decorated after the first Gulf War, protested the second and left his state in good health – someone who has “no things ”that others can hurt him.
However, just a week away from the vital Ohio primary, a potential game changer is emerging. The camp of his rival Ted Pullman (Michael Mantell) mobilizes independent and Republican voters against Morris, while a key senator threatens to endorse Pullman as his choice, unless Morris makes a deal for him. With Morris reluctant, Meyers begins to fear that he might be supporting the wrong horse.
Based on Beau Willimon (who became Netflix’s initial showrunner Card castle) 2008 play Farragut North, The Ides of March is a terribly tense political thriller that dates back to the genre’s heyday in the 1970s.
Having evocatively recreated a McCarthy-era newsroom in 2005 ‘ Good night and good luck, director Clooney and his writing partner Grant Heslov turned their attention to what’s going on behind the curtain of contemporary politics with this 2011 tale.
And as in Good nightClooney may be the leader, but he’s a peripheral figure. The film belongs to Gosling, so more and more impressive (To drive) and an excellent team of supporting players including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei and Paul Giamatti. However, even this whole class almost has to bow to stage thief Evan Rachel Wood (TV Westworld), who lights up the screen like an idealistic trainee.
While some may resign themselves to the film’s perceived liberal agenda and focus on dialogue before the action-based drama, Ides is a rare film that respects its audience and values their intelligence.
With great use of lighting, freezing silences, Alexandre Desplat (The ghost writer) background music, and a mind-boggling mano-a-mano verbal confrontation between a titan actor and a young suitor, this is the movie that TV fans Card castle and The good wife, or the star of Joan Allen The opponent, should lap. If you haven’t seen it before, you should definitely be- (a) aware of The Ides of March, because you’ll regret it if you don’t catch it.
March ideas is now available for rental on iTunes, YouTube, GooglePlay, AroVision, Roxy OnDemand and Academy OnDemand.