Archive for October, 2011

The Ides of March

In the next year, our country will be engrossed with politics.  Candidates will crisscross the nation rallying the crowd and pledging to make bold action. Despite the well groomed faces and tailored suits, we won’t see the backstabbing and promises that candidates need to get elected.  George Clooney’s new film, The Ides of March, takes aim at politicians and the treachery behind the scenes.  This loosely true life political drama was adapted from a play, Farragut North, scripted by a former Howard Dean aid.

Ides, marks Ryan Gosling’s third staring role of the year.  Gosling plays Stephen Meyers, a young but experienced junior campaign manager for Mike Morris (George Clooney). While campaigning in the battle ground state of Ohio, problems begin to arise.  Morris’ senior campaign manger, Paul Zara (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) tries to secure a crucial delegate vote in Senator Pullman (Jeffery Wright) but can only do so if Morris offers him a cabinet position.  It becomes clear early on that the candidate Clooney is portraying had been shaped by his own political ideologies.  Continue reading