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.

Scene Stealers?

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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16 Responses

  1. Moneycone says:

    Looks like I will be getting the DVD! Great cast line up and a thumbs up from Buck!

  2. How are you seeing these movies before they come out? I want in on this action!

  3. krantcents says:

    Are you say this movie has “legs”?

  4. Preview looks solid. Can’t wait to see it.

  5. This movie looks sick. Big fan of Clooney and Gosling. Maybe I can get my fiancee to go with me….won’t be hard considering the male leads. haha

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Yep, testosterone driven drama with Clooney and Gosling doing a great job. I’m sure she’ll have a good time. Evan Rachel Wood is easy on the eyes so you’ll be fine, too.

  6. Untemplater says:

    My initial thoughts from hearing about it were that it’d be boring too! Glad to hear it’s a good movie. I’ll add it to by blockbuster queue for when it comes out on dvd. -Sydney

  7. You were so right about Contagion–yes, my dh finally dragged me there. The Ides of March sounds exactly like the kind of movie I like. Thanks for the recommendation! You should be Mr. MoviePhone!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      I’m glad you enjoy the reviews. I enjoy watching movies, but not sure if I could be a movie critic full time. Every so often to mix it up is more up my alley. Haha, that reminds me of a Seinfeld episode where Kramer started acting like Mr. MoviePhone!

  8. I did not want to see this one. I have enough anxiety in my life. Don’t need to go looking for it!

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