The Ides of March (2011)

Filed under : political, review, thriller

From time to time, I get into a political thriller type of mood. And, let me just say – this was one of those times. So, I decided to check this film out.

Now, I’ll be honest – this is not my typical type of film. Though, since the mood struck me – I went into the film wanting to watch it. For those who may not be political thriller type of film buffs, this may not be the film for you.

With that being said, I will say – I did enjoy the movie. Though, some reviewers thought the film to be too slow – I did not feel that way. Sure, it’s definitely not a very action oriented type of movie. But, I did not find myself bored with the script or the storyline – it kept my attention throughout.

As for the story, I don’t think it was very original but it did compel some good performances. Ryan Gosling plays the typical young idealist, Junior Campaign Manager Stephen Meyers, who was intent on walking behind the footsteps of Governor Mike Morris, played by George Clooney.

Meyers believes in Morris and his cause. To him, he’s a hero and one to be trusted. However, as in many cases – we soon find out that Morris is not who he appears to be. And, that is devastating to Meyers.

Basically, this is a movie about the game of politics and how it can affect an idealist who comes to realize what is real and what is not. And, in so many cases – the truth can hurt.

But, at the end of the day the question remains – how do you handle the truth? Do you abandon your beliefs and walk away? Or, do you face up to the truth and take matters into your own hands? That is the dilemma Meyers is left with. And, the outcome was quite surprising.

(Note: I won’t ruin it for those who have not seen the film but I will say there were a few actions Meyers did that surprised me).

Overall, I enjoyed the film. Though, I will say – it’s one of those movies to enjoy when the mood strikes you. If you’re in the mood for a political thriller type of film, I do recommend this one.

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3 Responses to “The Ides of March (2011)”

  1. ruth says:

    Hi gurl, this is not my cup of tea generally but it’s intriguing enough for me to rent it when it’s out on dvd. Not really a fan of the cast even though I know lots of people love Clooney + Gosling. I’d watch it more for the intriguing story.

    • filmgurl says:

      Hi Ruth, I definitely agree! It was more of a “strike the mood” kind of film for me. But, not something that would usually be at the top of my list. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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