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slimy political consultant takes center stage,
This review is from: The Ides of March [DVD] (DVD)
This is a deeply cynical film, about a political operative who is concerned more with his career and power than with any cause or ideals. Working for a brilliant politician, his man is considering jumping ship when offered a job by another canny political operative. He likes his man, but sees his own self interest. Add to this a potential major scandal, which serves not as a crisis of values but as a potential tool to be manipulated. This reboots his calculations, revealing him as a brilliant tactician who gets another shot at reinvigorating his career. It is a political masterstroke, but there is nothing behind it but self interest.
This is one of the first political films in which the politician is not the principal protagonist. As such, it is far less interesting than, say, The Candidate, where Redford struggles to stay in line with his ideals while his political consultant (Boyle) gains a degree of control that is disturbing. It has deep things to say about the interplay of our ideals and the mechanics of elections. Ides has none of this struggle and is just about how a smart guy gets ahead, the context matters not a wit. I was disappointed that there wasn't more, particularly given the talent of the actors, who are the best.