Ides of March is another tiff film I was dying to see, but patiently waited until the wide release. This holiday weekend seemed like the perfect time to go and see it, and was it ever worth the wait!
The movie focuses on on one of the candidates in the Ohio presidential primary, (George Clooney) and one of his campaign managers (Ryan Gosling) who get involved in a scandal that could ruin everything. The story itself is very entertaining, with many twists I didn’t see coming – the character development, especially of Ryan Gosling’s character, I thought was amazing – he went from someone who believed in good, to compromising himself morally throughout the film.
Overall, this was a great movie that you would be foolish not to take the time to see.
The best part of this movie for me went from watching Ryan Gosling as this motivated young person who believed so much in the candidate to his realization of the intern pregnancy, to realizing he is capable of manipulating and blackmailing his way back to the top. I was totally not expecting the intern to kill herself – and I definitely thought it was going to come out when Ryan Gosling visited the other campaign manager to attempt to get a job. Instead, everything worked out for him – but he compromised himself – but almost legitimately so to adapt to the environment and the situation.
Another great part was when Paul Giamatti’s character explained his thought process for meeting with Ryan’s character – and how at that moment the viewer realizes how screwed up the whole situation is, and how Ryan is totally screwed out of everything.
All in all, this movie was an absolute gem. The manipulation, devastation of the characters lives, the blackmailing – all worked together to make a perfectly entertaining movie-going experience. Oscars anyone?