The Ides of March (2011)

The Ides of March (2011)
  • Time: 101 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: George Clooney
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman


Stephen Meyers is an idealist who’s brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris’s presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris’s opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris’s negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen’s romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What’s most important, career, victory, or virtue?

One review

  • The Ides of March: George Clooney’s directing again and he has done a heck of a job this time around. Ides of March fires on all cylinders using its directing, class A talented cast, and a creative screenplay to make a compelling movie. The cast is stuffed with superlative actors, Ryan Gosling at the helm producing fantastic work. Gosling stretches the character’s skin over his on flesh in a performance that grows, starting with a portrayal filled with nuances, then evolving to one filled with intensity. All the other actors work using their greatest strengths. Hoffman knows how to play an asshole, Giamatti knows how to play a snake in the grass, and Clooney knows how to play a “personality” character. The dialogue is the clothesline the film swings on the first half, then Ides of March broadens with political controversies, moral confusion, and scope in the last half. The Ides of March tells us that success is built on integrity and loyalty, but what it shows us is that you win by playing outside the box. Finely directed by Clooney, The Ides of March is an biting film filled with malevolent, dirty dealings of politics.

    Rating: 8/10

    Grade: A

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