A Political Movie Review: By Geoff Talbot
George Clooney’s “Ides of March” is a weighty political thriller, that throws the doors wide open and allows us to see inside a dirty political washroom full of adultery, bribery and intrigue. Politics has never looked so bad or unappealing.
“Get out now, get a job, do something else, before you grow old, tired and cynical, before you don’t like the man you see in the mirror. You will either lose the game or lose your soul to win the game. You choose?”
The Ides of March is essentially the story of Stephen Meyers (played by the outstanding Ryan Gosling) a democratic campaign manager, who genuinely believes in his job of winning the presidential nomination for Pennsylvania Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney). But good ideals are a dangerous thing in dirty politics. Enter the beautiful, man eating intern Molly (played by the delectable Evan Rachel Wood).
The pursuit of power, in a culture that demands their leaders appear cleaner and less human than actually are is a recipe for cover up and deceit. Governor Mike Morris is a not saint, his flaws must be covered up, someone has to do his washing and remove the stains from his beautifully pressed suits.
What the Ides of March captures best is the game of politics, the ruthless pursuit of power, and the willingness of men to sacrifice the lives of the others, to hide their fallen truth and to protect their own misshapen identity.
After see this movie I am left in no doubt, that politic is a dangerous game; that you cannot believe everything you read or hear.
The man adorned in the flash Armani with the manicured fingernails, the endearing smile and the perfect family stands sits on the same crapper as you and me.