Ides of March: a Review

I finally got a chance to watch this film with my husband the other night. He was ambivalent about my choice in films before we settled down to watch, but I was rather looking forward to it. We were both pleasantly surprised by this political thriller.

Ryan Gosling plays Steve, a press secretary for American Governor Morris (played by George Clooney)  who is campaigning to be the Democratic representative for the next presidential election. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Paul, the campaign manager and Steve’s boss. Steve claims to be an idealist who projects this onto candidate Morris. He is so painfully naive about the inner workings of the political machine. But boy, is he a fast learner! But he learns mostly about himself and it was intriguing watch this happen. But how prophetic it is when he states he will do anything for a cause he believes in.

This is a movie that I like to categorize as a “Who’s Zoomin Who” story. We follow Steve as he learns just how high the pedestal is that he has placed Clooney’s character on. In the meantime, his loyalty is tested when he is wooed to join the opponent’s team by Paul Giamatti’s character. However there is more to that scheme than meets the eye as we watch conspiracies unfold. The story gets a bit more complicated when he hooks up with a politically connected intern (Evan Rachel Wood). To say more would venture into spoiler territory.

I found the plot to be compelling as Ryan Gosling dragged me through the cesspool of political shenanigans. The acting was very convincing. Ryan Gosling continues to impress me as he holds his own and then some alongside Clooney, Giamatti and Hoffman. As an added bonus, Marisa Tomei is a delight as a dogged reporter who will stop at nothing to get a scoop.

I really enjoyed this cynical look at political machinations. The plot held together and had me wondering about the final outcome. The conclusion was quite satisfying in a dark, twisted way.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John McCullagh (@jpmccullagh)
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 21:59:24

    I was thinking “End it now. Fade to black.” And it did. That was, as you say, a satisfying ending.


  2. dvdiva
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 22:56:25

    Yes, no more was needed. It is a rare treat. Thanks for commenting.


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