The Ides of March is another film made by George Clooney, and it was launched in 2011 by Sony Pictures Entertainment. It got a 7.4 imdb rate the moment I’m writing this post. A good political movie, actually a very good one. It’s nominated for an Oscar for the Best Writing for an Adapted Screenplay, on which the screenwriters are George Clooney again, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon (the play writer of “Farragut North”, the 2008 play used as inspiring platform for the film).
Idus Martii is the Latin of the title, and has other connotations regarding the subject. I don’t see them, but maybe they have something to do with the American Presidential Elections. The Ides of March is the day which marks the middle of March as a Month, the full moon and the day Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate, by his colleagues. About the movie, the New York Times critic A. O. Scott says that it is difficult, “really”, to connect this fable to the world it pretends to represent. Of course, I wouldn’t said it better. In the real world it isn’t that simple. In the real world, media has the word, media has the new President of the United States. And what media represents, I have presented in another post about symbols, here. But it is a movie, a fiction we all like, a show for us to be entertained and kept away from the same real world :).
George Clooney, who also directed the movie is not the main character, but he is brilliant as usual. Exceptional are all the others, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Paul Zara), Paul Giamatti (Tom Duffy, the chief campaigner for the other Democrat challenger), Evan Rachel Wood (Molly Stearns, an intern), Marisa Tomei (Ida Horowicz, a fictional New York Times’ reporter or whatever), Jeffrey Wright (Senator Thompson, an influential in the State of Ohio), Max Minghella (a guy in the campaign staff). George Clooney is Mike Morris, Governor of Arkansas, running for Presidential elections in a Democratic Party Primary, very beautiful acted, iconic either. The main character is Stephen Meyers, the one played by Ryan Gosling, who has not been nominated this year for an Academy Award, like Clooney for the role in The Descendants.
Anyway, there are only nine nominations this year, instead of ten, a year before, and instead of five, as they were usual. They make it a little harder for the producers, and I think I have said this in another post, but I’m not so sure. A few years ago, when Clooney was awarded for the role in Syriana and he was in competition with Good Night and Good Luck, his own movie, some movie “critics” commented on TV during the festivities, that he received the Best Supporting Actor only to not have to receive the Best Directing or even Best Movie, which is stupid. Different people vote for different categories, and they are not consulting each other. For his acting performance, he voted himself along with his actor colleagues, fortunately not Beyoncé at the time. For his directing, guys like Sam Mendes or Stephen Gaghan voted, and for the movie, Spielberg, the Weinsteins and George Lucas types voted or not.
Here you have the trailer, but for me it’s a little spoiling the action. Now, they maybe didn’t want to build the movie on suspense, it’s not basically a thriller, but again, this is just a personal opinion.
Again from youtube, again with emotions :). [ The Ides of March, 101′, 7.4 imdb rate, and I’m so disappointed by Rotten Tomatoes that I don’t think I’ll ever mention theirs]
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