The Ides of March (2011) – Film Review
Director: George Clooney
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood
by Joss Spry
George Clooney’s fourth directorial effort, The Ides of March, is a solid political drama. It casts man of the moment Ryan Gosling as an idealistic aide. His brilliant career threatens to unravel when he becomes involved with a young intern whilst on the campaign trail for Clooney’s Democratic Party nominee.
As the title suggests, the story revolves around power, loyalty, betrayal and ambition. Clooney directs without showiness. With writing and producing credits, as well as directing and starring, he clearly isn’t a man who’s afraid of hard work. He delivers pretty well on all counts.
“Lacking the dramatic punch”
The cast is an ensemble of some of the best actors in Hollywood. Unfortunately, for a movie with such fantastic pedigree it ends up being slightly less than the sum of its parts. Mainly as a result of the plot ultimately lacking the dramatic punch it requires to really lift it to the level of the classic movies it aspires to emulate.
It’s good, but you leave feeling it could – maybe should – have been great.