“The Ides of March” is a political drama, with twists and turns where as each character is revealed, you see they are not quite as they were originally presented. The story follows the campaign of two competitors in a US Presidential race for nomination – Governor Mike Morris (played by George Clooney) is the candidate. Clooney also wrote, produced and directed this very well made movie, but the film belongs to Ryan Gosling, who plays the campaign’s media manager, Stephen Myers. Myers is smart, strategic and knows how to get votes. He deals with media and other campaign participants in a slick and professional manner, to get his way. The story involves the wheeling-dealing behind the scenes between the two candidates’ camps to secure the Presidential nomination from one state.
The key characters are all very well played by Philip Seymour Hoffman (Morris’ Lead Campaign Manager, Paul), Paul Giamatti (the opposing candidate’s campaign Manager, Tom Duffy), young intern Molly (played by Evan Rachel Wood) and Marissa Tomei (playing a leading NY Times political reporter). The drama delivers betrayal, deception, sex scandal, intrigue, suspense and high drama.
Many have reviewed this movie with high praise for its story and drama. The movie is excellently made, well directed and cinematography is very effective, but something’s missing for me – I am not sure what it is, perhaps political drama just doesn’t do it for me. However, I would still say that it is worth seeing for the excellent performances of Clooney, Gosling, Seymour-Hoffman and Giamatti.