The Ides of March

Posted on October 8, 2011

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Ryan Gosling is on his way to becoming the number one male star in this decade. He has got what they used to call “it” whatever that is. Here he’s Stephen, campaign manager for who he thinks is the candidate we all want for president, Mike Morris, played by the ever so charming George Clooney. Morris wants to get our country back where it used to be, the land of plenty with integrity, honesty and all those solid American values. Then in walks intern Molly (Evan Rachel Wood) and it turns out Morris is just like John Edwards and Ted Kennedy.

Clooney does an outstanding job of directing. Philip Seymour Hoffman is so good as always, as is Paul Giamatti. The movie is very true to life – everyone, yes, everyone, in politics is dirty. Our system is set up that way. You might start out with good intentions, you will not stay that way. You have to give something to get anything done. Deals are made, lives are changed. The movie’s ending is not satisfying for me, but I think it was the only way it could end. And Gosling will be strutting down the red carpet.

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