First let’s acknowledge the brilliant poster–one of the best of the year–It caught my attention right away and luckily the film delivered on its promise of awesomeness. Actor/Director George Clooney is cool–he exudes charm and confidence–and obviously he attracts coolness towards him because he has gathered some of the most talented actors to work in The Ides of March and it pays off.
How could it not? Hard hitters, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti–each as the Senior Campaign Managers of opposing candidates, are amazing. Young and promising Ryan Gosling and Evan Rachel Wood–both as enthusiastic, novice campaign members of Clooney’s “too perfect” Presidential candidate–are pitch perfect. Even small parts to Jeffrey Wright and Marisa Tomei are played strongly . Yeah, wow!
Then add a strong story from a former political communications director, Beau Wilmon–who also wrote the play the film is based on–Farragut North. And you got yourself an interesting, compelling political thriller. A thriller built on carefully chosen words and things left unsaid.
I will say that Clooney is settling down nicely in the director’s chair. He takes his time and uses close-ups to show more than words can say, yet it’s the stellar cast, that makes this look way too easy.
I walked out, as I do with most political tales, frustrated and a bit sad–not a the movie–but at the state of politics today. I am a cynic and these stories only help to intensify my convictions. Ah, well. Whatcha gonna do? Nothing we can do–except go out –vote and have our voices heard.