Saturday, December 10, 2011


This post is coming slightly early this week as I'm off on holiday in Botswana. "The Ides Of March" is a gripping political thriller by the great talent that is George Clooney. The film succeeds in all aspects. The tight script and editing keeps your eyes glued to the screen. I absolutely loved the dialogue. The casting was perfect and the music give the film a very suspenseful atmosphere. Special mention must be made of Ryan Gosling, who has really transformed himself into a movie star this year with his various roles. He commands the screen, even when he is paired with Clooney. He really grabs you and takes on a journey with this character. I agree that the film doesn’t expose any new truths about the dirty nature of politics, but there is no denying that this is smart, riveting entertainment. The Oscar prospects are difficult to gauge on this one, as it got off to such a shaky start at its Venice premiere (which it never really recovered from). I think the best bets are for Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. If the film makes a strong comeback in the precursor awards, I think it could slip in for Best Picture and Best Editing as well.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this film and it was great to see Clooney get a group of great actors and have them all work at the top of their game. Unfortunately, I think it will be ignored at the Oscars although there is always the small chance that it gets into Original Score or PSH can sneak into Supporting Actor.