This is a new thread that I am starting. Please write mini-reviews or comment on the movies that you watched this week. Since this is the first thread please use this thread for any movie that you watched from 1st January 2012 to 31st January, 2012. I will be creating a new thread every Sunday/Monday depending on what you guys want.
The Ides of March
The Ides of March is an adaptation of Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North. The movie stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Meyers, 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 presidential nomination. 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 movie is very engaging. Its basically a tale of loss of innocence of a political operative. Based on the conversation in the beginning between Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) and Ida (Marisa Tomei), the New York Times reporter, one suspects that Mike Morris (Clooney) will not be the ideal candidate he is portrayed to be. You are expecting a twist but it still catches you by surprise. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I found the behavior of a character very implausible. I read online that the play differs from the film in this aspect. If what I read is true I think they should have stayed true to the play.
The movie is directed by George Clooney and it is very well directed except for that one complaint that I have. The movie stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei. All these actors except Evan Rachel Wood have won or at least been nominated for an Oscar. Evan Rachel Wood is a Golden Globe Award winner too. So the performances are excellent.
The movie already won Golden Globe Nominations for Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. It will probably win some Oscar nominations too. Those who have read Julius Caesar will find The Ides of March title apt for the movie.
Rating: 3.5/5Tags: Evan Rachel Wood George Clooney Marisa Tomei Movies You Watched This Month Movies You Watched This Week Paul Giamatti Philip Seymour Hoffman Ryan Gosling The Ides of March