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.
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.
Excerpt: There are two ways to look at Ides of March before those closing credits begin their spree of thanks. A slow, methodical zoom on Ryan Gosling leaves doubt during a live TV interview, either insinuating that background political corruption games have ruined him, or he’s standing firm behind his...
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...
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.
Conclusion: The Ides of March is a superb movie about the politics of politics in the tradition of Primary Colors , that a movie, too, about the unseen, inside world behind the sound bytes, news clips, and public fronts and appearances.
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.
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.