Ides of March is driven by solid performances and a well-executed script.
Ryan Gosling is exceptional as Stephen Myers, an idealistic staffer who firmly believes that his candidate Governor Morris, played by George Clooney, is the one.
Everything is going according to plan until Myers meets with the rival’s campaign manager, Tom Duffy. This sparks a domino effect that threatens to destroy Myers’s career while a scandal involving an intern named Molly, Gosling’s love interest played by Evan Rachel Woods, further complicates the situation.
George Clooney is able to make a suspenseful plot, wherein you can’t really tell who’s calling the bluff.
While Myers’s moral parable rings true, the story doesn’t really say anything new about politics.
Candidates use whatever dirt they can dig up to get ahead of the competition. Nothing is really black and white, and everyone is in it for the perks and not for leadership.
While the movie is mostly a political platitude, it’s still an engrossing film once the suspense starts kicking in.
Ides of March
Ides of March is an unnecessary movie about dirty politics but has a morality play that's well-acted and well-directed enough to entertain.