The Ides Of March: Ambition Seduces. Power Corrupts.
Last time I lamented on how Contagion wasted its All Star cast. Simply put, The Ides of March put on a clinic on how to use top-notch actors to their fullest potential. This is how movie making is supposed to be.
Special Effects, Who Needs It?
Honestly, I had low expectations for this film. Political thriller to me spelled, BORING. I was dead wrong. The force that is Ryan Gosling is on full display. Mark my words. This kid is going to be the next movie superstar. He can do romance, comedy, action, and drama. He can practically do it all and more than holds his own against his talented co-stars. George Clooney, in his interviews, claims this is not an attack against politics because the story is universal and can occur in any industry. Like I alluded to earlier, there are no special effects, but the on screen battles were just as gripping. Morals, personalities, and wills were used instead of light sabers, photon torpedoes, and phasers.
For the first time ever, I can’t name one. Every dialogue was like a championship tennis match. Rivals, at first, feeling each other out, and then bringing their A games to go for the kill. Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, and Evan Rachel Wood all were electrifying.
Forgive me if I am raising the expectation bar too high, but if you want to see a tense political thriller that examines ambition, power, ethics, survival, and the human condition, this is the movie for you. I haven’t felt so strongly about a movie since Brotherhood. Since there are no special effects and beautiful, scenic landscape shots, you could gamble and wait till it comes out on DVD. But you run the risk of the story leaking out, you know how those media folks are. Can’t trust anyone, especially in The Ides Of March.