Film Review: The Ides of March (2011) directed by George Clooney

Begoña and I went yesterday to see The Ides of March (2011), a political thriller directed by George Clooney with screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. It is based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, and starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, and Evan Rachel Wood.

The Ides of March was the opening film at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and it was shown at the 27th Haifa International Film Festival and the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. It received a wide theatrical release on 7 October 2011. In Spain it was released on 3 March 2012.

Synopsis: The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. (Taken from the official movie site).

I have to admit I found it pretty interesting and enjoyable. A good sign is that I hardly noticed that the film was over. I would have stayed a little longer, it seemed to me quite short. I found the characters were rather believable and the story is really human and nicely narrated. I’ve always felt a special fascination with American politics, about what happens behind the scenes and how human behaviour can be manipulated. The film also talks about loyalties and commitments to our own personal beliefs. Maybe it’s not a great film but a honest film that offers a solid entertainment for the weekend. Above all I’ll like to highlight the interpretation of Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is the fourth film directed by George Clooney, I’ve only seen before Good Night and Good Luck (2005), and I would think he is a talented director. It’s worth watching.

My rating: 7/10.

Pick of the Month 2012 – March

The Pick of the Month, hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, is a book meme. The purpose is to identify our crime fiction best read for that particular  month. You can check HERE the contribution of other bloggers. 

From my side March 2012 has not been a rich month reading-wise. I’ve finished five books only, but I did quite enjoyed almost all of them:

  • Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand. Original title: Sous les vents de Neptune (2004). Spanish title: Bajo los vientos de Neptuno (Punto de Lectura, 2008), by Fred Vargas.****
  • Grey Souls (aka By a Slow River). Original title: Les Âmes grises, 2003. Sapanish title: Almas grises (Ediciones Salamandra, 2010), by Philippe Claudel.**
  • The Moving Target (Vintage crime/Black Lizard, 1998), by Ross Macdonald.*****
  • Blood Spilt. Original title: Det blod som spillts, 2004. Spanish title: Sangre derramada (Booket, 2011), by Åsa Larsson. ****
  • Retrato de familia con muerta (Family Portrait with Dead Woman) Diario Público 2011, de Raúl Argemí.****

And my preference, this month, goes to The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

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