You just can't stop a juggernaut movie starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marissa Tomei, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. This movie is a character-driven dream.
While they call it a thriller, I wouldn't say it delivers the thrills. It does offer an fictional inside glimpse of how twisted politics can be.
I think this movie ends all speculation as to whether Clooney would ever become a politician. Much to his follower's dismay, there is just too much poison in that sphere for him.
What if there was a perfect candidate? Someone you felt had it all: vision, purpose, charisma, intellect and principles that stood firm against all else? Would anything be able to pull you away from that person/presidential candidate? What if you discovered a secret that could unravel everything?
Political intrigue. Backstabbing. Twists and turns.
Clooney does a fine job as an Obama-like candidate. Gosling is the brains of his campaign who has complete loyalty only to have it tested by the rival's campaign manager, Giamatti.
There is foul language throughout the film but I think that's expected nowadays. Especially when dealing with American politics.
The Ides of March is a very strong commentary on the state of our political system and how crooked it truly is. Will you be able to trust anyone after watching this movie?