The Ides of March

16 Mar

Director: George Clooney

Writers: George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay), and 2 more credits

Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Motion Picture Rating: R

Runtime: 101 minutes

 

The timing for this film could hardly be better. As the story of a primary election to decide a US presidential nominee, it is here just as Mitt Romney is fighting ugly with Paul, Gingrich and Santorum. Of course this is a George Clooney film so it’s a Democratic primary under the microscope and not a Republican one. That said, one theme of this movie is how the Democrats could learn a thing or two about the dark arts of electioneering from their Republican rivals.

As well as its timely focus on intra party political shenanigans, The Ides of March features Hollywood’s hottest lead actor in Ryan Gosling. He is fresh from strong performances in the overrated Drive and the underrated Crazy, Stupid, Love and he delivers again here as an assistant campaign manager. It is his job to support the campaign manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as together they plot the way through the Ohio primary for their candidate (George Clooney).

As well as Hoffman we get Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright and Marisa Tomei in the other supporting roles. These are all excellent actors and the writer-director Clooney has assembled another strong cast. They all do well, the film moves along nicely and it is entertaining. The plot twists are not particularly surprising and the central theme of forced political compromise has been addressed before, but the script and acting lift this well above the average drama.

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