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Netflix Picks: The Ides of March Spoiler Free Film Review

Updated on July 25, 2016

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The Ides of March is a 2011 film that stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is directed by George Clooney and earned an R rating for its perverse language and suggestive themes. This film was highly anticipated, as most Clooney films are. It has a 1 hour and 42-minute run time. The film was released by Sony Pictures.


The Ides of March depicts the story of a man running for President and covers the time in the Ohio primary. There a rising campaign secretary becomes involved with one of the interns that sets up a scandal that could ruin the candidate’s campaign. The material is all about the drama involved behind the politics of a nation.


The Ides of March sets out on the task of showing backdoor politics. It really just confirms all the suspicions of every American citizen, that everyone has things happening behind closed doors. The story is pretty intriguing. It is a meta-political film that shows the darkness behind the closed doors of politicians and their campaigns. After a slow start, the pacing picks up and never lets up. The film has events occur that would seem a bit improbable, but they could very well occur to any politician. Plot points tend to become a bit confusing as the film progresses, but once the story is laid out, you get a wonderfully dramatic tale. The acting in this film is engaging. Gosling puts on an inspiring performance and Clooney is as amazing. They all were cast almost perfectly, with everyone truly embodying their roles. The ending is slightly convoluted with a huge cliffhanger. It hints at the Clooney win, but a straight forward answer is never given. The cinematography is beautiful. They tend to go with a “less is more” approach. The camera is never moving too much. Each scene uses the lighting and natural colors that one would expect in real life. This film does a lot of things right, but it still is flawed. The first issue is that the story is a bit slow at first, but once the climax hits it becomes difficult to look away. The pacing is a bit off and never relents after it gets dramatic. The scenario also seems a little odd. It could be seen as improbable for all of this to happen in a single campaign. The story is really just a confirmation of the general idea that the public already has of politics: people think that political campaigns have some darker politics and drama taking place in the background.

Final Thoughts

To sum it up, the Ides of March is a powerful and technically sound film. The acting is really powerful and shows the dark side of politics. If nothing else, cinematography can be appreciated by all. The film is really good and worth a watch, but does have some pretty heavy material.

Grade: B+

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