The Ides of March (15)

The Ides of March (15)
Director: George Clooney
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood
An adaptation of the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, Clooney helms a modern masterpiece. Cutthroat intrigue balanced beautifully with superb performances makes this film automatic Oscar bait.
Set in a world where Obama never existed, the Democratic Party are coming to the end of a vicious primary season. Party unity is nonexistent as the final two candidates are using every dirty tactic possible to secure the nomination. The film focuses not on the politics, but on the personalities behind the campaigns and how they live and handle the intense media scrutiny.
This is easily one of the best films of the year. There’s no need for a degree in politics to understand and enjoy the film, it’s completely clear of jargon and stands purely on its tension and drama. Imagine The West Wing, but without the relentless idealism. It’s glorious and the performances are stunning. Evan Rachel Wood in particular giving the film a feeling of massive depth.
There aren’t many ‘must see’ films about, this is most definitely one of those.
Rating: 5/5
Review by Taylor Iscariot

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