The Ides of March: A Movie Review

by on January 22, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a movie review of The Ides of March, and in a word, this movie is worth catching, no matter how you get to it.

The Ides of March on DVD

The Ides of March has a running time of 101 minutes, is rated R.  The cast includes Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymore Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and a role where Marisa Tomei is not getting naked or acting silly!  It’s directed by George Clooney, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

The Ides of March is centered around Stephen Meyers, played by Ryan Gosling, who starts out as an idealistic political party staffer.  He’s a staffer for Governmor Mike Morris, played by George Clooney.  Meyers staff boss is Paul Zara, played by Hoffman.

Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March

The movie starts out with Meyers idealistic perspective on his political career being apparent.  It’s a refreshing portrayal from a political drama.

In the beginning, the story is just starting up and it’s not very riveting, but faith in the cast keeps you tuned in.  Then things start to develop when Meyers and Molly Stearns (Wood) “hook up.”  She’s had her eye on him for quite a while it seems.

But one thing leads to another, centered around Meyers and his quick relationship with Stearns, and he suddenly finds himself getting a crash course on just how dirty the game of politics, or political relationships amongst peers can get.

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George Clooney in The Ides of March

This isn’t Clooney’s first directorial effort (Leatherheads, Good Night and Good Luck…) and it seems that he’s honing that skill with each new effort.  Nothing in the movie distracted me from the story, but rather, once things started moving along, I found myself captivated by the interweaving stories of the characters.

Gosling’s stoic, quiet approach to his characters, worked well with this role.  He’s got that persona down.   And the ensemble of actors seem spot on, through out the movie.

George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling and Max Minghella in The Ides of March

For a sedate, non-action movie, I was surprised how much suspense I found within the movie.  As the movie progressed, I was getting more and more on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next thing or event to take place.

All in all, you will not be wasting your money on this movie, whether you rent or buy it.  I’m giving this movie two thumbs up because that’s all the thumbs I have.

On Amazon:: The Ides of March

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