The Ides of March
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Gosling plays a principled staffer working for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) as he fights to attain his party's nomination in the Democratic primary. Taking place almost exclusively on the campaign trail, we see that Gosling's idealism, savvy, and energetic commitment have made him invaluable to the presidential candidate. He works alongside Hoffman (in another characteristically great performance), spars with Giamatti from the rival candidate's camp, flirts with Wood as a beautiful young intern, is cagey with Tomei as an ambitious reporter, and trades nuggets of wisdom with the great man Clooney.Read more ›
For a general plot description, the film is about the campaigns of candidates Mike Morris (Clooney) and Arkansas Senator Ted Pullman. Both candidates are going for the Democratic nomination in the presidential election. Morris's campaign is managed by Stephen Meyers (Gosling) and Manager Paul Zara (Seymour Hoffman) while Pullman's campaign is managed by Tom Duffy (Giamatti). Both candidates are trying to get the endorsement of North Carolina Democratic Senator Franklin Thompson, who controls 356 delegates. Whoever gets his endorsement will have enough delegates to take the nomination.
What truly makes this film great is the realism that Clooney puts in it. Everything that happens during the campaign could happen and probably has happened in real-life. Anyone who enjoys political dramas or is just interested in the political campaign process should enjoy this film.
I admire Clooney's decision, if it was indeed his, to have the "assassination" occur offstage, as it were, in the backseat of a car we only see from the outside, in a dirty alley, which is apt for the business being done there. Paul goes out with the garbage. I also like the last scene. Gosling's dead expression leaves no doubt about how Stephen's victory tastes to him. And there's one other thing. Stephen tells Molly that she has to go because she has made an unpardonable mistake. Then, he does the same thing and can't abide the same punishment he has so rigidly meted out to her. It's a fine irony, the one on which the story pivots. Makes you wonder which character found the best way out.
As modern political intrigue, the movie works exceptionally well. One can believe it actually happening today.Read more ›
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Enjoyed this movie very much. The plot was very interesting with a lot of unexpected surprises by each of the characters. Highly recommend that you watch it!Published 15 hours ago by morgan
Not normally a fan of political movies. This one was ok. Had some interesting plot twists. Not a complete waste of timePublished 1 day ago by Darby
It moved rather slowly but I enjoyed it. Both actors are favorites of mine.Published 2 days ago by Jenny stamper