Review: The Ides of March

The Ides of March is a sexy political thriller that sees two of Hollywood’s hottest actors – Ryan Gosling and George Clooney – seriously impress in their very different roles.

Clooney plays democrat Mike Morris who is bidding for power in the presidential elections. Gosling plays his adoring press spokesman, Stephen Myers, a sharp-witted young shot who believes in Morris and the campaign. The team is headed up by Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Throughout the campaign Gosling’s character finds himself interacting with the opposition – much to the disappointment of his colleagues. What ensues is a story of corruption, deceit, suspicion and betrayal as everyone competes for power and media approval.

The cinematography throughout the movie is very clever and some of the shots are just plain pretty. The first scene sees Gosling’s character walking onto an empty stage to practice an election speech. The room is dark and eery and all you can hear is the static of the microphone and Gosling’s heavy breathing. It sets the tone for the movie well – the rest of the story is quite tense and unpredictable.

Clooney, although one of the main characters, unfortunately doesn’t get much screen time. When he does appear he gives his usual charasmatic performance but he needs a bit more of a role in order to make a real impact. Seymour Hoffman is fantastic as the campaign manager although we have to admit we miss his funny appearances in films like Along Came Polly.

The biggest star of the show is undoubtedly Gosling. He has exploded onto our screens recently and for good reason. He takes control of every scene he is in and you can’t help but navigate towards him when he speaks. The character is someone easy to relate to – he wants to make an impression but he also wants to do the right thing. This is of course sometimes difficult in politics and this is what the film displays best. It gives a real insight into the world of politics – where image and values are paramount.

The twists and turns throughout the film are really interesting and definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re even slightly interested in politics and its psychology then this is a definite must see.


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