The Ides of March review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Starring and co-written by a man who is very much an accomplished Hollywood actor is the fourth directorial offering from George Clooney, an intriguing political drama The Ides of March.
The movie follows a Democrat senator in the influential American state of Ohio, where he (Clooney) is running for office. The real story however lies in character played excellently by Ryan Gosling. Gosling plays Stephen a press spokesperson for Clooney’s political campaigner, whose devoted fervor fuels the movie.
Stephen is ever enthusiastic and effortlessly charismatic, yet he finds his beliefs easily rattled when both his enemies PR manager (Paul Giamatti) and the beautiful Evan Rachel Wood – playing a political intern – manage to press all the right buttons.
The movie raises several interesting points about the political world and I found myself largely impressed with the dark and bleak tones of the story. When the credits began to role, however I found the points raised to be a little obvious, even contrite, whilst the film itself lacked flavour; missing out on that vital sharp edge that political dramas desperately need. This is not to say the movie isn’t good, Gosling is excellent it’s just that it aspires to more than it is able to achieve, give me the West Wing any day.