By Michael de Moura
Ides of March centers around a Democratic Presidential campaign — the candidates, interns, coordinators, reporters — that masterfully evokes the nature of politics.
George Clooney’s fourth directorial venture closely follows the footsteps of an experienced junior campaign manager, Steven, through his ideological travails. Steven, played
by Ryan Gosling (The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid, Love), works in a hypocritical business where tenacious loyalty is beyond virtuous.. It’s all important.
To say the least, Ides of March has an awe inspiring cast of experienced actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and of course George Clooney (Ocean’s Eleven, O Brother, Where Art Thou?).
Beneath the controversy and contempt, lies a script drenched in a fascinating political ideology, originally contributed by the playwright Beau Willimon. Grant Heslov, Clooney and Beau Willimon adapted the play, Farragut North, into a screenplay for Ides of March.
Apparent theatricality emphasizes the profound plot and extraordinary acting. By circumventing audiences’ unfaltering expectations of late, portrays a captivating story without the use of green screens. Exclusively filming in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sometimes simplicity is effective.