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 ).
Summary: What I believe in is called the Constitution of the United States of America. Director George Clooney plays a little game of political double speak even in the title of his new Drama, The Ideas of March . Not only does the title reflect the film's fictional timeframe which sets it against the backdrop of the the traditional March Ohio Presidential Primary, but it's also a reference to the Shakespearean "ides of March" quotation centered around the assassination of Julius...
Summary: This intense political thriller is another excellent show of Clooneyism. This time, though, it's not Clooney the actor that really shines. It's Clooney the screenwriter and Clooney the director.