I had my first trip to the cinema in a while last night and saw The Ides of March starring George Clooney. (He also directed it and wrote the screenplay). I have to be honest and say that, before yesterday, I hadn’t even heard of it. I was in the car driving to the cinema with my friend Jon and he was talking me through the possible movie options we had. And we chose this one.
I’m glad we did.
It was a really engaging, well written movie with a strong cast. It’s a political drama that captures a snapshot of a Democratic primary in the race to become the Democrat candidate to run for President of the USA. There were definite echoes of the recent Obama run for President - and it left you wondering what skeletons there might be we don’t know of!
It was a movie full of all the ingredients you expect in politics - power struggles, cover ups, sex, intense competition, complicated relationships, and more. And this all behind a candidate (Governor Mike Morris, played by George Clooney) campaigning positively and optimistically and focussed on hope and not fear. Like I said…familiar echoes.
Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) and Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) star as the two men running the campaign for Morris and it is Myers who is the young, idealistic campaign manager at the forefront of the movie who finds himself getting a crash course in dirty politics.
All in all, it’s well worth a watch, even though you’ll now probably have to wait to download it on iTunes or buy the DVD when it’s out.