The Ides of March (2011)

Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffmann, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei

Gosh, I love when Good and Evil mingle so as you can’t tell anymore which one is which. ‘Cause actually there’s no difference, they just live inside everyone not as separate, but as complementary ways of being. Not that I’m going to lecture you about philosophy, religion or whatever, I just need to underline this to make you understand how awesome The Ides of March is. See the movie poster? That’s a double face. Yeah, they’re different persons. Yet, they’re still the same. But they’re not. Also because one is real and one is on paper. Yeah, that’s kind of complicated, but that’s why even the movie poster is so awesome. Clooney brings competition, corruption and bad deeds not only inside the same person, but also right inside the same team. Inside the same party. A party which has a public façade made of liberal values, positive will of change and honesty. Well, that’s politics baby.
Technically, The Ides of March is perfect. Clooney’s direction mingles television style and classic cinema, putting a particular emphasis on a pop-artsy composition. The cast is just impressive: Ryan Gosling, Clooney himself,  Phillip Seymour Hoffmann, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei… The good thing is that you don’t actually see the “stars”: the actors disappear and you just see the characters. That’s real talent, I think. All this, needless to say, supported by a very well-written story by Clooney and Grant Heslov (right from Goodnight, and Good Luck).Did I say that I really loved this film? 

“We’re gonna be fine. We have to do it, it’s the right thing to do and nothing bad happens when you’re doing the right thing”
“Is this your personal theory? ‘Cause I can shoot holes in it”

PS: If you can read Italian, there’s a great review a friend of mine wrote here.

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3 comments on “The Ides of March (2011)

  1. Jaina says:

    You raise a great point about not actually seeing the stars in the film. George Clooney isn’t busy being George Clooney in the film, he’s playing his character. As they all are.

    LOVED this film, really fantastic bit of political drama. Though more about the politics of relationships, which is again why I love it.

  2. brikhaus says:

    Nice review. I agree with your sentiments about the great acting and directing. This was a very well made movie. Although it was very good, I find that it probably doesn’t have much rewatch value.

    • Jersey says:

      I agree.
      It definitely strikes you the first time you watch it, but I guess that once you know it all already, the film loses a great deal of thrilling and suspense.

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