I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… What a stupid name for a movie. This film takes place in Ohio, and there is snow on the ground. That leaves the only plausible interpretation for the title left, is as a reference to Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare. So, you want to name a movie on the basis that it includes betrayal? I guess it’s better than naming a movie Paranormal Activity 3, when it set before the prior two.
It’s a very slim margin.
The Ides of March takes place approaching the Democratic National Convention, during an election year. Both candidate’s campaigns are depending on Ohio’s Governor’s endorsement in order to clinch the Democratic nomination. As if follows Ryan Gosling, the youngest, most talented campaign manager in the whole-wide-world, a win seems easy, and without problem. But isn’t there always a problem? Obviously, there can be no betrayal without problems.
The first impression of the cast is, “Wow, these guys are smooth.” Everything is so neat, and perfect. Slides like glass. And the moment you get a break from the huge George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gossling, Paul Giamatti, and Marisa Tomei opener, you can’t help but wonder how many dollars are tied up just in the performers.
Giving props to Clooney, a Clint Eastwood in the making, it was ballsy to make a movie strictly about a presidential campaign. Stop and take a moment to think about that. What would Taxi Driver be if you took out all the cool parts? How far flat did Recount fall? To center a production around one moment of a campaign is a death knell.
Clooney wrote and directed a very fine “Grandpa” movie, in the likes of The Good Shepherd, or even similar to his own Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. It was intelligent, dramatic, came equipped with clever dialogue, and some parts were funny, but at the end of the reel, it was dry, and had the stench of Oscar-bait. To Clooney’s credit, he brought out fantastic performances from his cast, notably Gosling, who carries the movie, but with the actors involved, do they even need a script or a director? They could pretty much be filmed drinking water, and something interesting would be bound to happen.
This movie fell flat for me. It just a tad too rehashed and unimaginative. This is not to say it was a bad movie. It just slightly fell short of the mark. Unless the desired effect was for me to feel 15 years older, balding, and with an insistent urge to talk loudly about what happened in a noisy restaurant.
If you’re new to the Out of Commission rating scale, it’s quite simple: Bumpin’, Sumthin’, Slumpin’, Straight Dumpin’. Pretty self explanatory. Yes?