Excerpt: Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) is just days away from the Ohio Democratic Primary in his bid for President of the United States, but there are problems in his camp as his press spokesman Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) has uncovered a secret the governor has been keeping from an intern working on the campaign (Evan Rachel Wood), something that the opposing candidate's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) would use against them without a second thought.
Excerpt: For those that don’t know, The Ides of March is a phrase that goes back a couple thousand years. It was uttered by a soothsayer to warn Julias Caesar of his impending death. “Ides” means middle and the middle of March was the 15th. That’s when Caesar was killed. Ok, that’s your history lesson for today. Now onto politics. First and foremost, I’m a horrible American in that I’ve never voted.
Conclusion: This movie was marketed as being a taut thriller which it really isn’t since this kind of narrative has been done many times before, but it is a smart look at politics – both in front of the camera and behind it. The movie’s cynical and fairly bleak ending may turn off some viewers but it’s true to this day and age’s political world where ideals, people, and morals are tossed aside for any chance of victory.
Conclusion: Subtle yet searing, 'The Ides of March' takes us behind the curtain of the political stage, and lays bare the machinations that often define a run for office. A first-rate ensemble cast infuses this taut tale with a heady combination of elegance and grit, while a meaty script and firm direction steer the film to its affecting climax.
Conclusion: George Clooney takes us deep into the shark-infested waters of political election campaigns in the smart and intriguing The Ides of March . This dialogue-driven drama may feel like a more cinematic, R-rated cousin to "The West Wing", but that's still enough to rank it among last year's best films. The Blu-ray's feature presentation is just about perfect and though the bonus features are a bit underwhelming, the movie is well worth seeing.
Excerpt: It's another election season, and two candidates are vying for a Democratic presidential nomination: Senator Pullman (Michael Mantell, Thank You For Smoking ) and Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney, Michael Clayton ). It's a close race, and both campaigns are headed by old pros: Pullman has the crafty Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man ) in his corner, while Morris is backed by the dogged Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Big Lebowski ).
Excerpt: At first The Ides of March seems like one of those self-indulgent political movies in which a group of left-leaning screenwriters get together and live out their fantasies of beating the Republicans at their own game, saving the country in the process. It could have been that movie. It almost is that movie, with George Clooney playing the perfect, principled candidate who says all the right things. In fact, early on it is that movie.
Excerpt: The political drama The Ides Of March — director/co-writer/star George Clooney adaptation of Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North —isn’t The Candidate ; more like The Campaign Manager . The film version stars Ryan Gosling as an idealistic political consultant who believes he’s found a real “change candidate” (Clooney), but soon discovers that even doing what’s right in politics requires so much compromise that it’s impossible to stay ethically pure.
Summary: Refreshingly neither a satire nor overblown political conspiracy tale, The Ides of March may not be an Aaron Sorkin-esque look inside the American political system but makes the most of its narrow focus and relatively straightforward narrative. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the film’s competing Democratic campaigns are populated by a cast including the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and George Clooney either, but it’s Ryan Gosling’s lead performance that...