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Embrace The Ides of March

  • Ankur Pathak

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    Desimartini | Updated - March 17, 2013 4:55 PM IST
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    Verdict - Well-directed and even better performed

    The Ides of MarchWatch trailerRelease date : November 18, 2011

    George Clooneys latest attempt at direction doesnt rely on the unsure benefit of its fairly insufficient script, but more on its sharply designed characters and their escalating personal graph, in a bid to evoke dramatic tension.

    Ryan Goslings Stephen Meyers is an ambitious campaign manager for Clooneys Mike Morris, aiming to secure his candidacy in Midwestern United States (Ohio), which would heighten his prospects for impending Presidency. His optimistic moralities intact, Meyers shockingly, yet colored with restraint, comes face to face to the mentally gruesome political arena and becomes an unwittingly conscious player right at its crux. When the Republicans campaigner embroils Meyers into a cunningly thought scheme, Meyers must compromise on his moralities and counter it with a self-serving attitude, even if it asks for massacring a probable romantic liaison, his immediate senior who tried playing wiser or become an unrecognizable person himself, safely away from his framed ideals.

    For a film designed as a political drama, it has far superior products to compete with, which deservingly can call themselves tall behind this one. Especially, Barry Levinsons politico-thriller Wag the Dog which strolled around the same track. But the problem with Ides is its structural limitation which focuses largely on individuals invariably neglecting the larger political scenario. Its a minor defect, easy to overlook, yet something which robs the film from the greatness it could achieve.

    What works the most with the film, and it is something which is a levelheaded tool to pardon the unreached vastness of the product, is the performances. If George Clooneys Governor act is free from him being a somber looking politico, and has him as a stereotype shattering, witty and calculative and extroverted character who has his individual way of functioning, despite all the pampering, Ryan Gosling is outstandingly efficient as a man breaking self chalked norms, with deliberation, also carrying tinges of guilt. This man should secure an Oscar nod, or at least a Golden Globe acknowledgement. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is his usual effortless, his panic, calmly terrifying, betrayal sportingly taken. Paul Gimmati and Evan Rachel play the role of vital plot-points that occasionally spin the course of the picture. The film is also technically refined whether its the background score (Alexandre Desplat) which is tension-inducing, or the sleek cinematography (Phedon Papamichael) that renders a chilly imagery, or the way the film is cut (Stephen Mirrione), its all in favor.

    A fair judgment of Clooney-directed, DiCaprio produced Ides of March which has a far-fetched titular implication, would say that if it was made with the intention to startle, well it doesnt.

    What it uncovers is that even beyond the most saintly of political game changers, there hides a dark vulnerability which wouldnt fail to succumb to personal ambition, seemingly lucrative

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