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Monday, January 30, 2012

Movie Mondays: The Ides of March

Hey guys,
This week's REDBOX film was picked by me.  Let's talk about The Ides of March (2011) . . . .

Director: George Clooney ("Good Night & Good Luck")

Ryan Gossling ("All Good Things", "Half Nelson" & "Fracture"), plays Stephen Meyers
George Clooney ("Up In The Air" & "The American"), plays Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Moneyball" & "Doubt"), plays Paul Zara
Paul Giamatti ("Lady In the Water" & "Too Big To Fail" ), plays Tom Duffy
Marisa Tomei ("The Lincoln Lawyer" & "The Wrestler"), plays Ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright ("W." & "Syriana"), plays Senator Thompson
Evan Rachel Wood ("Mildred Pierce" & "True Blood"), plays Molly Stearns

What It's About: To put it VERY simply (and without giving anything away), Ryan Gossling plays Stephen Meyers, the Deputy Campaign Manager to Governor Mike Morris (Clooney).  Meyers is invited to a secret meeting with the Campaign Manager of Morris' opponent, Tom Duffy (Giamatti) .  .  . and then things just go down hill for him after that.  Meyers discovers that Governor Morris was not as perfect as he originally thought.  As a result, Meyers gets caught up in the true meaning of dirty politics when he's forced to turn on Governor Morris in order to salvage his career

Why I Watched It:  I'm a fan of practically all of the main actors. . .

Why This Film Rocks: Once again, the Acting.  Ryan Gossling gives an awesome performance as Stephen Meyers, the young campaign manager stuck between a rock and a hard place BUT still bold enough to play a trump card that manages to save his career.   George Clooney is ALWAYS great to watch but I especially loved him as Governor Morris because this is the first time I've ever seen him play someone so . . . . . sleazy.  I don't want to give anything else away . . . but definitely check it out :-) 

The Directing.  This is the second movie I've seen by George Clooney, the first was "Good Night and Good Luck.  I knew this second time around I would not be disappointed because I enjoy his style.  One particular trait I appreciate is his decision to NOT force the audience to witness an event in order to move the story along and/or create great tension.  Perfect example, hearing about Stephen's immediate reaction after getting fired by Tom (Hoffman) when two interns talk about it later.  Another example, Governor Morris firing Tom.  All the audience sees is Tom stepping into the Governor's SUV, which is parked in an alley.  You expect to see a cut showing the two talking in the backseat together, but that's not what happens.  Instead, Clooney opts to slowly zoom in on the SUV, leaving the audience to wonder how the conversation went.  The shot ends with Tom stepping out of the car and the SUV driving off.  I thought that was brilliant.

One of the best scenes in the movie is the face off between Governor Morris and Stephen towards the end.  It's a cool show down to watch cause you're not quite sure how it's going to end.

Why This Film Sucks:  I honestly don't have anything negative to say about this film.

Would I Recommend It:  Uuuuum, of course I do!  "A" actors, awesome acting, great story, non-stop drama.

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