Sunday, October 9, 2011
The Ides of March
George Clooney is one of the fortunate names in the business whose political views don't get in the way of his job. In fact, his views are an advantage for his directing contributions Good Night, and Good Luck and The Ides of March. But of course only one of these two works wonders.
As well as directing, co-starring and writing it, Clooney also enlists other talented actors like Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood to appear in The Ides of March. Of the sextet of actors, the best work came from Gosling, Clooney and Hoffman.
Of course The Ides of March has its flaws. I thought the first act was too slow and the ending was too abrupt. The rest of it is very good, but it felt like Clooney was trying to outdo Good Night, and Good Luck. And considering I don't follow politics closely, it kind of bored me. Still, it's quite good.
My Rating: ****1/2