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Unpleasant political drama
on November 1, 2011
A presidential candidate (George Clooney), his top aide (Ryan Gosling), and a young female staffer (Evan Rachel Wood) are the focus of this depressing political drama. Though utterly charming, the candidate is shown to have feet of clay, involved in a dangerous triangle with the other two.
On the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was assassinated; in this Ides of March, we see the death of political idealism. This is most definitely not a fun date movie or a chick flick; it exposes the immoral underbelly of some political movers and shakers and shows them to be pretty repulsive characters. There are no heroes here. The acting was excellent all around, but the story is so grim and the characters so repellent I couldn't wait for it to end. There were a few very interesting scenes, but a lot of it was quite dull.
I felt like shaking my head and giving up on all politicians when the movie was over. A good character study, but a definite downer.