The movie "The Ides Of March" is portrayed as a political thriller, but it's hardly that. Thriller...perhaps. Political...not really. Rather it is a behind the scenes look at the back-stabbing, chess playing, and the all around dirty pool of what goes on behind the scenes during a political campaign.
The cast in this movie is first rate. Ryan Gosling is front and center as an (initially) idealistic press secretary working for George Clooney, who is running for President.
Gosling has had an incredible year on the big screen. Loved him in "Crazy Stupid Love." Didn't care for him in "Drive" but he bounces right back in this movie.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (great in almost everything) plays Clooney's campaign manager. Then there's Paul Giamatti who is the rival campaign manager, Marisa Tomei (this woman absolutely never ages) as a smartass journalist, and Evan Rachel Wood as a hot intern who has a few secrets up her bra (I mean sleeve.)
Clooney directed this movie, and the writing is much like it was for him in "Up In The Air." It's snappy, intelligent and quick flowing, as is the plot, so stay alert because this movie is like a chess game played on speed.
"The Ides Of March" centers around a political primary in Ohio, but it easily could have centered around any subject. It's not about politics or business. It's about greed and power and survival of the fittest (or smartest.)
Great acting, great writing and a terrific cast add up to an enjoyable experience and I rate it a home run - three and a half stars.
Gosling has had an incredible year on the big screen. Loved him in "Crazy Stupid Love". Didn't care for him in "Drive" but he bounces right back in this movie.