138. The Ides of March (2011)

Worthy of its title

8/10
Directed by: George Clooney
Written by : George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gosling, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Best party ever

In William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’, a soothsayer tells Caesar to “Beware the ides of March”, since this is the day he ends up assassinated. It seems in any political career one must expect backstabbing and shady alliances to crop up amongst even your most loyal confidants and where better to find such conspiracies than in American politics. George Clooney’s latest political thriller, Ides of March, packs a compelling plot with strong performances from the likes of Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and George Clooney himself. But as the scandals, twists and challenging themes of the film don’t have the level of depth and complexity as we might expect from a title that boasts Shakespearean grandness, Ides of March is an exciting watch but a step down from Goodnight and Good Luck.

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