The Ides of March
Directed by: George Clooney
Written by: George Cloony, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon
An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
The title comes from Ancient Rome. The term is most famously known as the date Julius Caesar was killed. His death was planned by a group of conspirators in the roman government. George Clooney did a great job by taking the basic concept and turning this concept into a well constructed, thought provoking modern drama. We get an intense inside look at how dirty politics can be.
The acting and writing in this movie were superb. All of the dialogue was fast paced and extremely witty. Ryan Gosling had some great one on one scenes with the female lead, Evan Rachel Wood. It’s amazing that Ryan Gosling has been in two great movies this past month. He has really hit it big and only bigger things are to come. He plays a character who is the media mastermind behind a governor running for president (the Julius Caesar character played by George Clooney.) His character in the beginning is a very kind, charming, and moral man but as the movie progresses we see some intense character development.
Ryan Gosling’s character isn’t the only role that had some major character development. Every main character had 180 switches in their mannerisms and personalities. This is what made the acting in this film great. Other great performances come from George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, and my favorite performance, besides Goslings, Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
The Ides of March is what’s called a good movie. Not great, but very good. It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what twist and turn that’s coming next, but since Gosling’s character has such a big character change it is hard to identify with him in the end. I kind of like this but I think others might find it unsettling.
I would really like the believe that our government isn’t actually as corrupt as this movie portrays, but I guess who am I kidding.
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