The points made about politics by ‘The Ides of March’ are valid, if obvious: shit goes on behind the scenes and people in the game are shits. Who knew? Yet it’s good on the value of knowledge in political circles – and how that knowledge can be traded. There’s a dullness to the film’s edges that means it’s not cutting enough, and a late lunge for noir stylings is weak, even if all involved do their best to stress the horrible gulf between public ideals and private ambition.
|Release date:||Friday October 28 2011|
Cast and crew
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Evan Rachel Wood
Average User Rating
2.3 / 5
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I enjoyed this film for its tension & the "dirty politics" context. I also enjoyed its take on a Democratic campaign platform. But I found that some of the actions of Ryan Gosling's character were quite unbelievable - a seasoned political professional would not have behaved in this way. This shook me loose from my enjoyment of the film.
Not being a Clooney fan I was surprised to find this political thriller good entertainment.Â As the political processes in the States bear no relation to the UK, I found myself having to concentrate on all the behind-the-scenes bargaining and terms.Â That squeaky clean George turns out to be less than snowy white doesn't come as much of a surprise. Ryan Gosling was excellent as George's political adviser - with his convincingly cool demeanour in evidence here, as it was in the excellent movie "Drive" last month. Good to see Jennifer Ehle again - but a shame such a small part. My only niggle - a very inconclusive ending - esp given George's deeds. Not a bad ending - just not as good as it could have been. Not entirely original, and not the one that will have Clooney walking away with a much coveted Oscar. Â Recommended. Three stars.
GOOD FILM EXCELLENT ACTING BUT ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE.WEST WING SPRINGS TO MIND GEORGE YOU WILL HAVE TO TRY HARDER.
For the first half hour I was seriously considering an early exit and catching the final 65 min on bbc 2 after The Review Show in 2 years time but then something (other than "telling" us top rank politics is a bit of a slimy ball affair, cheers for that) occurred to make me stay til the end. But, by the credits the first 1/3 damage was fresh in my mind still so it wasn't enough to compensate. Now, a seventy min Sun night play on bbc1 and this (given the cast) would be sensational viewing. As it is it's all a bit smug and patronising, which, given Clooney's sterling previous directorial efforts, frustrates further.4/10
enjoyable with some fine acting, but ultimately dissapointing . The last half hour in my opinion is somewhat botched. Wonder if they shot an alternative ending. Do like Seymour Hoffman and Gicametti in anything they do, and Gosling and Wood were also fine. Much preferred All the President's Men and Charlie Wilson's War though.
I thought this was a very good film. Great acting from all the main participants and good direction from Mr Clooney. The film twisted and turned and was an enjoyable political thriller. One of the 10 best films of the year so far. The TO star system still out of sorts. This was film of the week in the Observer, who seem to be more accurate with their reviews.
Disappointing. George you should try harder. Lots of good actors, not a very good script. All a bit cliched.