The Ides of March

Sunday, December 04 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

The Ides of March

JOY REVIEW

The Ides of March stars George Clooney, who also directed it, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Marisa Tomei. For the first half of this movie, it’s really terrific and it really clicks. We have an idealistic, young, bright kid who’s the media captain of a Democratic hopeful who runs for the presidency, and the idea is there are no real Republicans to oppose him, and so this is basically the run for the presidency between two Democratic gubernatorial rivals. Ryan Gosling believes in this candidate, and he actually looks a little like him too, which is sort of helpful. Marisa Tomei plays a New York Times reporter kind of on the outskirts. She’s getting really good at playing character parts, which I think fits her much better than the leading lady vamp parts that she was playing before. The first half of this movie, as I said, works much better than the second, because there’s some idealism. There are some really snappy lines about Democrats and Republicans, and then it kind of descends into familiar territory, and the last scene looks like something stolen directly from The Candidate with Robert Redford. However, the performances are appealing, the dialogue is snappy, it’s well directed, and it’s entertaining. It just could have been a significantly better movie than it is, but they would have had to figure out something a little more interesting to do. Three and a half stars.

JOY METER1/2 stars