Becky and I went to see the new movie The Ides of March tonight at the Regal Cinemas in Lone Tree, CO. The Moviefone website at The Ides of March, which is another good site to check for show times, describes the movie as follows:
“ George Clooney goes behind the camera for the fourth time to direct The Ides of March, an adaptation of Beau Willimon‘s play Farragut North. The movie stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Myers, an idealistic deputy campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) who is in a major political battle in Ohio that could be the key to winning the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. When the opposing candidate’s campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) offers Stephen a job on his staff, Stephen neglects to inform his boss (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Just as that omission is revealed, Stephen uncovers a dirty personal secret that could sink Morris’ political career. The Ides of Marchscreened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. – Perry Seibert, Rovi… “
The Ides of March is a behind the scenes look of what it’s like for a candidate to run for President and the people who help put him in the White House. In this case, the film is written and directed by George Clooney and he plays one of the main characters, but it’s more about Ryan Gosling’s character who is the brains behind his political campaign.
The film moves really slow initially and then it starts to get interesting in the second half of the movie with some unexpected twists and turns. It shows how idealistic the people helping politicians get elected are, but how pathetic and what liars the people they are supporting really are, which is a pretty good assessment of the political arena. As my grandfather used to say, “I never met an honest politician.” and he had met many of them.
The movie is very well done, but I didn’t like the ending. The ending leaves you hanging in my opinion. I was glad that the candidate was a Democrat because it showed that it doesn’t matter what Party the candidate is from, they all have skeletons that they put in their closet – all by themselves. We saw it with our friends Mark and Maria and they liked the film too. We thought it was worth the price of admission.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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