Just when one starts to accept its lights out for George Clooney, here he is again right back on his feet with a 4 time nomination at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards for his production THE IDES OF MARCH. Sadly the night did not go well for THE IDES OF MARCH however surprisingly well for Clooney. Clooney bagged in the award for the Best performance by an actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Category for his performance in THE DESCENDANTS (That which I have not yet seen; hence I would not pass any verdict) however my personal favorite of the evening is indeed The Man of the Year Ryan Gosling. Both who put up a magnificent, precise and convincing performances alongside with Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman in THE IDES OF MARCH and that alone will for certain make it a worthy contender at the Oscars come Feb 26th 2012. The nominations are already out and rest assured there are multiple holdings on THE IDES OF MARCH. Isn’t this alone good enough a reason to consider this a must watch?
There is always a negative vibe that the audiences receive when you say that it’s a Drama. Most would feel it isn’t the best of ways to spend the weekend or your money for that matter. Then there is the female audience who always would rightly prefer to turn their heads if it has anything to do with politics. So how do you sell such a production? Timing is vital. The Screen play for THE IDES OF MARCH was initially done in the year 2008 and with the win of President Obama to the white house the appeal for such a distrustful themed movie would not have sold well with all the celebration of the change that arrived to America. It is after all called the filming industry and where there isn’t money there indeed isn’t hope. Now at a time with elections around the corner is the time they have decided to bring this to the theatres. Smart isn’t it?
Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) and Senator Pullman (Michael Mantell) both with the potential of being the next presidential candidate are fair players. The kind of individual one would prefer to lead the nation. Paul (Philip Seymour Hoffman) campaign manager to Mayor Morris and Duffy (Paul Giamatti) campaign manager to the senator have their own game of dirty politics planned out. Hoffman and Giamatti are shrewd and evil. This is some sharp characterization by the director and the actors themselves. There isn’t much of build in the characters as much as there is an outburst of corruption in them. They do not begin as fair players in the trade, the stand out as the best and definitely the finest in what they do; this certainly explains why they got the job with the top dogs. Stephen (Ryan Gosling) on the other hand is a newbie by age and looks considering the wrinkles the majors’ sport. He isn’t as much of a newbie as much as he is a game winner. If he believes in the cause he will fight till the end. Sounds a pretty scarce breed in the arena of politics of today!
Ryan Gosling is indeed the movie. He is there from the beginning through till the end. In every single frame if I am not mistaken. It disheartens me that he missed out at the Golden Globes. Maybe an Oscar perhaps? Ryan’s character of Stephen undergoes large magnitudes of turmoil in the presidential trail. He sports frustration, lust, confusion, betrayal and being betrayed. Stephen grows through the 101 minutes of playtime. If he grows into a better or a worse direction isn’t that much of a hard choice to make. Yet when you consider the game of politics at times the direction he chooses seems always the only option.
Most certainly a movie that will take down George Clooney and Ryan Gosling into the big leagues of Director and the next promising legend in Hollywood!
Title: The Ides of March
Directed by : George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Paul Giamatti
Rated: R for pervasive language