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 candidate for personal reasons.
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.