Ides of March
President gas - George Clooney riffs on good people sacrificing principles in a slick package with great actors.
Published: October 6, 2011
Within any given scene Gosling is very good, sometimes even great, but neither the script nor his performance provide us with any insight as to who Stephen Myers is, what motivates him, or what he cares about. As result, he's more of a conceit than a character.
Still, there's no denying Clooney's skills as a filmmaker. He knows how to let actors seize their moment yet manages to understate the melodrama. Merging glossy noir visuals with New York theater-style speechifying (a Lumet trademark), Ides Of March may not attain the classic status one would hope for, but it does deliver pointedly thoughtful ideas in a slick entertainment package.
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