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Movie Review: The Ides of March

Alternate Title: Politics Ain't Pretty

Story: This film has lots going for it. It has a great, award winning cast. It is filmed beautifully. The pace of the film moves along. It deals with interesting political issues.It captures the road to a national nomination in small towns across the land vividly. It was directed by George Clooney and written by Mr. Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. It is based on the play “Farragut North,” by Mr. Willimon.So what went wrong?

I did not believe the obvious and slimy plot twist that caused everything to go awry. Yes, men in politics can often not keep their zippers zipped - but this oft used plot twist just fell flat for me. I preferred the entanglements that the old politicos had with the rising wunderkind media consultant who is ablaze with novel ideas and loyalty to his candidate. We are felt holding the bag, being even more depressed than we are with real politics and as we left the theater said 'we are doomed.'

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV-50ay79mk

Acting: Ryan Gosling as Stephen Meyers is really coming into his own this year. He is an intelligent and edgy actor and enjoyable to watch. George Clooney as Gov. Mike Morris would get my vote no matter what he might have done. Philip Seymour Hoffman as old hat politico Paul Zara can do no wrong. The same can be said for the always brilliant Paul Giamatti as Tom Duffy. Marisa Tomei as Ida Horowicz was uncharacteristically annoying. Jeffrey Wright as Senator Thompson was not really believable.Evan Rachel Wood as Molly Stearns left me cold. Max Minghella as Ben Harpen was fine as was Jennifer Ehle as Cindy Morris.

Predilection: I like George Clooney and I like films about politics.

Trivia: In a title tussle, Sony originally wanted to use the play's more recognizable moniker for U.S. audiences, but wound up going with George Clooney's choice, "The Ides of March". "Farragut North" debuted off-Broadway in 2008. The Ides of March was the day (March 15) that Julius Caesar was assassinated. In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" before being stabbed to death, Julius Caesar is told by a Soothsayer: "Beware the ides of March."

Food: Fast food

Sex Spectrum: Politics and sex go hand in hand.

Weather: Not really a factor

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: Backroom deals make me squirm

Drift Factor: After an annoying and derivative plot twist - I lost interest.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours.