Nothing can disrupt a pleasant conversation or even a deep friendship like politics. Views and loyalties in the political arena run deep and are very strong for a majority of people. People truly believe that their guys are the right ones and that they are the ones with integrity and honesty, unlike the others in that business. The trouble is just that, it’s a business. Every politician gets into politics with the best intentions and values and the determination to change things for the better. The trouble is that everyone of them sooner or later gets sucked into the dirty side of politics whether they want to or not, and if they don’t they get out of the political game all together.
George Clooney revealed most of these truths last year with his political whirlwind drama last year, The Ides Of March. Following the campaign team of Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) and his advisors played by Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Mike Morris is the one honest guy in the game. His beliefs and way of doing things will change America for the better and he’s the guy who can get it done. Vying for the democratic party nomination and close to getting it done, he’s going to be the guy americans can be proud to have as their president. His campaign is on the up and up and won’t play the dirty tricks and won’t sling the mud with the rest of them. With Ohio being the swing state for the nomination, the campaign is diligently working in Cincinnati to wrap up the nomination with a win there over the Arkansas senator. But when Senator Pullman’s campaign director attempts to steal the bright and highly useful Stephen Myers (Gosling) away the ball starts rolling that will either sink the campaign for Morris or drive him right into the white house.
With a cast that’s a who’s who of great actors and can’t miss up and comers, The Ides Of March delivers phenomenal dialogue at every turn leaving you entranced in the drama and spiral that happens everyday in the political world. Masterfully directed by Clooney who also gives a great performance and campaign speeches better than anyone running for public office right now.
Clooney shows the dirty game involved, not just with a presidential campaign, but any one who is running for an office of any kind. The story is one as old as this country and happens more than CNN and FOX news could even report. What isn’t seen every time are the internal affects it has how it shapes the way a campaign is set up.
With top notch performances all around and pace perfectly set by Clooney, The Ides Of March will have you thinking and slightly stunned long after you are done watching it. Clooney proves that he’s out to make good movies no matter what and that he is the force in Hollywood that the town needs to continue putting out not only timely entertainment but flat-out good movies.