Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Ides of March

A low-key political thriller that's good without being particularly great. One of its problems is that its thesis seems to be that politics is dirty business, which you may or may not have figured out already. But I did enjoy a lot about this film; Gosling was great as the lead, an up-and-coming campaign manager a little too impressed with himself, and Evan Rachel Wood was excellent as an intern who turns out to be one part of a triangle.

George Clooney directed this and he plays the presidential hopeful, a man who is both idealized and Machiavellian. Clooney has a lot of restraint as a director, avoiding big speechy moments, and simple answers. Even the running time is short. In some way it reminded me of a studio film from the 1930s or 1940s, a tight little thriller without huge ambitions.

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