Friday, October 07, 2011

The Ides of March - Movie Review

The Ides of March is a political drama directed by George Clooney. Two Democratic candidates are in the running, trying to win over Ohio. Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) is a nice guy who holds onto his principles, but the other candidate's campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) is not above dirty tactics . Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), an idealistic member of the campaign, firmly believes in Morris and everything he stands for and is dedicated to the campaign. When Stephen meets with Duffy, he gets into trouble with campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour). Throw into the mix 20 year old intern Molly (Evan Rachel Wood) and Stephen discovers the dirty side of politics and uses a secret as a bargaining chip.

The movie was interesting, with the first half being very focused on the campaign and getting to know the characters. There were a lot of political jargon I didn't really understand. The second half of the movie, when the intern comes in, is a lot more typical dramatic Hollywood secrets and blackmail. Solid acting from everyone, which was to be expected from this star-studded cast. The Ides of March is an interesting enough movie, even if you don't care for politics.

The Ides of March comes out in theatres today, October 7th.

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