THE IDES OF MARCH

Et Tu Clooney? George is a great actor and has directed some fine films (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night and Good Luck come to mind). But he wears his politics on his sleeve in THE IDES OF MARCH, and it is the most annoying part of a very good movie. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti are excellent as opposing campaign managers. Ryan Gosling is very good as Hoffman's top deputy. And Evan Rachel Wood is also good as the woman who nearly brings down the candidate Clooney. But the story is so predictable and simplistic that it nearly takes you out of the whole thing. It's the acting that keeps you interested. Back to George, he pops up a few times speechifying as a Democratic candidate for President running in the Ohio primary. He talks like George Clooney on the stump for President. I understand the need to have the candidate appear as a candidate in the film, but his soliloquies are too long and too many. They are unimportant to the plot and more time in this too short film should have been spent on exposition and character development. THE IDES OF MARCH could have been great, instead it is merely very good. — Alan Yudman

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