Friday, October 7, 2011

The Ides of March

George Clooney directs and co-stars in this political drama with a dream ensemble cast.  Clooney plays a governor campaigning in the Democratic presidential primaries.  Ryan Gosling plays a young prodigy at campaigning, working for old time pro and Clooney's campaign manager, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Paul Giamatti is the campaign manager for the competition.  And Marisa Tomei plays a nosy newspaper reporter.

I don't want to say much about the plot because this is a great film and the less you know the more you'll enjoy it.  But if you like a tense political drama with plenty of twists and meaty performances, this is the film to see this weekend.  It could be considered the next 'Glengarry Glen Ross', but without all the F-bombs and the Mamet-style of dialogue.  And it's certainly amongst a small group of films released this year to date that could be Oscar worthy.

Grade: A


  1. Next GG:GR? High praise indeed. But they'll never be another Shelly "The Machine" Levine.

  2. I really have no desire to see this, but all the high praise might just change my mind.