You guys probably are not shocked by my decision to review The Ides of March this week. One look at the cast and it’s there, clear as day. It’s well known from my Crazy, Stupid, Love and Drive reviews that I’ve got a little something for Ryan Gosling.
Can So Many Big Names Work?
The Ides of March is just one of those movies that you have to see. There are so many high-profile actors here that it has to be good, right? Although this may not work in every case, it does for The Ides of March.
It’s clear from the beginning that Gosling’s role drives the film. He is the centerpiece of everything that happens along the way. One of the things that makes the flick work so well is that all of these other A-list actors do not overpower him. They are all simply there to compliment his role.
The Real Side of Politics
We hear about how dirty politicians can be all of the time. Every election season there is tons of dirty laundry that is aired out trying to prevent people from voting for one or the other. The Ides of March takes us straight into the belly of the beast with the Morris campaign. It quickly becomes clear that politics are not for the faint of heart.
What I loved most about the Ides of March was that it shows us how quickly things can change. As the old adage goes, every action has a reaction. Every time Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, or any of the rest of the cast make a decision, there is a huge ripple effect that rolls through the entire film.
And boy, let me tell you, things get pretty interesting.
The Bottom Line
You’re going to want to go catch The Ides of March. The film takes a little while to get up on its feet and rolling, but once it does, it doesn’t stop. It’s a deep tale with multiple layers of betrayal and deceit. Ultimately, it goes to show you that some people will do whatever it takes to win, especially when an election is on the line.