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The film starts just slightly slowly, but soon warms up to a decent pace, and exposes some very cut-throat political activities.
on 23 February 2017
George Clooney had more than just an acting part in this film, and even Leonardo Di Caprio had a hand in producing.
George plays Governor Mike Morris in a US presidential election race, and Ryan Gosling plays his press secretary Stephen Myers, the best media man in the business, and who genuinely believes in Morris.
Clooney is probably one of the few who could convincingly play an honest politician with genuine scruples, and who doesn’t always take the advice of Paul Zara his campaign manager (well played by Philip Seymour Hoffman).
The campaign is in the balance, but relatively normal until Stephen falls for Molly (Evan Rachel Wood), a 20 year old intern working in the Morris campaign office, and a secret emerges.
Stephen is also lured to a meeting with the opposition’s campaign manager where he is asked to ‘jump ship’ and join the opposition.
The combination sets the internal relationships on a train of events that expose some really cut-throat political activities (hence the title reference to Shakespeare’s line in Julius Caesar ‘beware the Ides of March’).
Marisa Tomei also plays a good part as Ida Horowicz, a Times reporter always on the lookout for an inside scoop about the campaign, but in general, I felt that the casting matched the story line well.