Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Ides of March Blu-ray Review

Review By Patrick Scattergood

Based on the Play 'Farragut North' By Beau Willimon

Written By
George Clooney
Beau Willimon
Grant Heslov

Directed By
George Clooney

A Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Smokehouse Pictures, Crystal City Entertainment Film

Drama, Thriller


Ryan Gosling as Stephen Meyers
George Clooney as Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Paul Zara
Paul Giamatti as Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood as Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei as Ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright as Senator Thompson
Jennifer Ehle as Cindy Morris

Certificate 15


Written and directed by Academy Award winner George Clooney and starring Ryan Gosling, The Ides Of March is an electrifying tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge.

As up and coming press secretary Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) battles tirelessly for Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) in a frantic election race he becomes distracted by sexy young intern Molly (Evan Rachel Wood). Whilst concealing their affair he agrees to meet the opposition's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti), who offers him a job on his staff. Stephen neglects to inform his boss of the meeting and as his silence is revealed he discovers a dirty personal secret that could sink Morris' political career. Stephen must then decide whether to enact revenge or use it to his advantage.

Boasting a stellar cast including George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood, this seductive, award-winning thriller will leave audiences guessing until the very last moment. 

Special Features
  • Commentary With George Clooney and Grant Heslov
  • Developing the Campaign: The Origins of Ides of March
  • Believe: George Clooney
  • On the Campaign: The Cast of Ides of March
  • What Does a Political Consultant Do?


Political movies have recently had a bit of a bad rap for a while.  Some are positively superb and others don't really seem to go anywhere.  However, there appears to be a resurgence thanks to shows such as 'House of Cards' starring the enigmatic Kevin Spacey.

When I saw that not only was George Clooney one of the writers for this film but also the director, I was massively excited to see the movie.  Not only does he have a knack for directing well paced and superbly acted movies but he also puts in a great performance of his own.

One of the things that you shouldn't do is just write this movie off as just a look at the back alley dealings of American politicians.  This movie is a lot better than that.  The best way to describe it would be that it's a morality tale.  The levels of political melodrama are really well written and with Clooney's steady directorial hand, the cynicism and paranoia of the characters makes the movie absolutely gripping.

However, that would be worthless if the cast weren't good enough to carry that level of quality on their shoulders.  Here, there was no chance of them falling short.  I mean just look at the cast.  Not only do you have Clooney himself but you also have a star studded cast of Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and so many more.  That said, the complete star of the movie is that of Ryan Gosling, who steals pretty much every scene he's in.  His subtle and layered performance here as the press secretary Stephen Myers is superb.  When the movie starts he's quite impressionable but as the movie progresses, he becomes more and more jaded and cynical.  It's an incredibly impressive performance and one that shows just why he is rated so highly.

I must admit that this movie will not be to everyone's tastes.  It's a massively cynical movie that sometimes spills in to bitterness and paranoia so you won't come away from it feeling a warm, fuzzy feeling.  However, if you want to sit and watch an intelligent movie with some truly brilliant performances from the entire cast then you are in for a treat with this one.

Movie 8/10
Picture 8/10
Sound 9/10
Special Features 7/10
Overall 32/40

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