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THE IDES OF MARCH – Movie Review

I’m not a fan of politics in the slightest.  While it’s obviously a crucial part of our modern society, I’ve never had much interest in discussing or following political issues.  So, with that mindset, I had mixed feelings going into George Clooney’s new political thriller The Ides of March.  However, to my surprise, Clooney takes the complex world of politics and strings an easy-to-follow, compelling thriller out of it, completely investing the viewer, even if they don’t have much interest in the real world politics.

The film follows Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling), a young, brilliant, up and coming political strategist, working on a presidential campaign for Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney).  The film’s events center on an upcoming Democratic primary, projected to be a close race between Morris and another candidate, Senator Pullman (Michael Mantell).  The film explores the mechanics and behind the scenes of campaigning, showing it’s true cruel and backstabbing nature, all of it told from Stephen’s point of view.

This film succeeds tremendously from the screenplay, written by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon.  The film’s plotline is so brilliantly paced, structured, and well put together.  Perfectly timed twists and turns take place throughout, increasing the film’s intensity and stakes inch by inch.

With an amazing acting lineup of Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti, among others, top-notch performances are to be expected, and they do not disappoint.  Gosling continues his streak of incredible, varying performances, making the character of Stephen relatable and realistic.  The audience is with him at every step of the way, reacting with him when surprising events take place.  The supporting performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and Evan Rachel Wood also deserve some strong recognition.

Completely engrossing, superbly orchestrated, and containing several Oscar-worthy performances, The Ides of March is a movie that grabs the viewer from frame one and does not let go.  This is a film that will have people talking long after it is over.


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