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The Ides of March 2011

Written and directed by Academy Award® winner George Clooney and starring Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March is an electrifying tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge. As up and coming press secretary Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) battles tirelessly for Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) in a frantic election race he becomes distracted by sexy young intern Molly (Evan Rachel Wood).

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Ryan Gosling, George Clooney
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Genres Drama
Director George Clooney
Starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney
Supporting actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella, Jennifer Ehle, Gregory Itzin, Michael Mantell, Yuri Sardarov, Bella Ivory, Maya Sayre, Danny Mooney, John Manfredi, Robert Mervak, Fabio Polanco, Frank Jones Jr., Peter Harpen
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Americans have been responsible for some of the greatest achievements in human history, but all the same, are behind some of the worst trends which plague the society at large. Political spin is one of those US manufactured epidemics that has not only brought American politics into disrepute, but has infected political institutions right across the world, making ordinary citizens deeply suspicious of their leaders and disaffected with the democratic process. Today, even the governments of the poorest nations seem to have enough money to commission public relations companies in running their multimillion propaganda campaigns, despite not having enough resources to feed their starving citizens. London based, PR companies write speeches and UN addresses for despotic leaders who commit mass murder, and manage such campaigns that twist the truth beyond recognition.

As the much loved actor and veteran filmmaker, Robert Redford has publicly vouched a number of times, ‘if America is to restore public faith in her governance, spin has to be taken out of the equation‘.

‘The Ides of March’, George Clooney’s subtle, but probing investigation into the mechanics of American politics, is therefore not just topical in the run up to the US presidential elections in November this year, but is an important and commendable addition to the ongoing debate about the sorry state of our political processes. Adapted from the 2008 play, ‘Farragut North’ by Beau Willimon, the story derives from the firsthand experiences of the playwright, who himself was in the PR business in the preceding years, and therefore is plausible and convincing, as was the film’s much funnier, UK predecessor, ’In the Loop’ [2009].
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2013
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Mike Morris (George Clooney ) governor of the state of Pennsylvania is running for president. He is about tied with Senator Pullman (Michael Mantell) with the Ohio primary being a pivotal state. Gosling, Hoffman, and Ward play various campaign aides and staffers for Clooney. Marisa Tomei plays a NYT reporter who claims she is sleeping with Hoffman, apparently something in her movie contract requires her to either have sex with Hoffman on screen or at least claim she does. I like this second option better because I don't think I can handle another film looking at Hoffman's huge naked butt. Hoffman provides us with an endless stream of profanities as he figures out how to get the populist Clooney elected.

Giamatti works for Pullman and attempts to recruit the idealistic Gosling to his campaign. It seems the GOP is going to ask their minions to vote for Pullman. Meanwhile intern Molly (Ward), who is the daughter of the head of the DNC, throws herself at Gosling who can't resist.

As it turns out Clooney is not the saint Gosling initially believes and he is forced to walk a tightrope until the rope breaks and he doesn't know where to land. The acting was great as expected from the cast. Evan Rachel Wood stood out among the stars. The script was at times trite, but the actors managed to make good deliveries. I thought "Primary Colors" was a superior film.

F-bombs, sex, no nudity
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'The Ides of March' is a political drama-thriller film that released in 2011 to critical acclaim and proved to be a resounding box-office hit. The film is an adaptation of the 2008 play, 'Farragut North' written by Beau Willimon. The play itself is loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary campaign of Howard Dean (American politician and Ex-Governor of Vermont).

The feature revolves around Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) who is the Junior Campaign Manager for Mike Morris (George Clooney), Governor of Pennsylvania and a Democratic presidential candidate. As the presidential primary heats up, Meyers struggles with his aspirations. He becomes torn apart by love, ambition and by the rude awakening of corruption within politics.

I wasn't so sure about this George Clooney directed feature, which looked like it was going to be boring containing an over-dose of American politics. Before you read further, I would like to say that I was wrong.

Well on watching it, I was compelled with the story, which contained almost about everything from friendship, lust, innocence, corruption, love, backstabbing to revenge. Oops, the main theme I forgot to mention is politics and that too in moderation. From the first minute to the final seconds, the movie keeps your attention. The start is a bit slow but the pace speeds up by every passing moment. The build-up of tension is fantastic especially in the latter stages. The finale is fitting and really enjoyable.

The performances of the actors is what really makes this movie work. George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Senior Campaign Manager Paul Zara) and Paul Giamatti (Opposing Campaign Manager Tom Duffy) prove why they are heavyweights in acting. Marisa Tomei is just about okay as the egoistic news reporter Ida.
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"The Ides of March" didn't grab me for the first hour or so. We all watch the news enough to realise that US politics is a sleazy business so it felt that I was seeing nothing new.

However a fast paced last 45 minutes more than made up for this.

Ryan Gosling plays Stephen Myers, the media savvy deputy campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris, played by George Clooney. They are in the run up to the crucial Ohio Democratic Party presidential primary. The race is neck and neck and whoever wins Ohio will be in a great position to take the White House.

Myers, though battle hardened genuinely believes that his candidate can will a real difference if elected. This came across as a bit naïve to me, but I suppose George can persuade you he can do anything!

Two actions set in motion the crisis that will envelope the main characters. First Myers, again rather naively in my opinion, secretly meets the rival campaign manager. He also starts an affair with a young campaign intern.

It is when the consequences of these events become clear that the movie really gets going. The ending is filled with tension though you are left with the inevitable conclusion that politics is a very dirty business and you have to look out for number one.

Clooney directs and co-writes as well as acting and he does a fine job. The film lasts less than two hours but packs in a lot of characters and a fairly complicated plot.

The cast is excellent. As well as Gosling and Clooney Philip Seymour Hoffman , Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood put in great performances.
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