Politics is a very dangerous game in The Ides of March

Ryan Gosling’s extraordinary performance is at the heart of George Clooney’s terrific new film as director – The Ides of March.

The Ides of MarchIt’s ‘Oscars all round’ the movie’s poster acclaims and I hope that proves to be a very prescient comment, as The Ides of March (which I’ve just been lucky enough to see in an advance preview) is not only a fascinating political thriller, shot in gorgeous muted tones by Phaedon Papamichael but in Ryan Gosling, it has quite possibly the performance of the year. Here we see an actor at the very top of his game, having an incredible run at the moment with Drive and Crazy Stupid Love, as well as his searing turn in this movie.

Gosling’s character, Stephen Meyers, is a man who realises that in the political bear pit, in the end, the only way to win if you’re a Democrat is to be more of a Republican. I’ll remember for a long time the way his face changes when he achieves his goal and he shows us the cost it’s taken. I wanted him to win ‘Best Actor’ for his extraordinary performance in Half Nelson and I really hope that come next year it’ll be his time. He is just fantastic.

The Ides of March_Evan Rachel WoodBut although I could go on about his performance all day (another post perhaps…), there has to be space to mention Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who both provide two of the most fantastic supporting performances that you are likely to see – sharp, truthful, comic and seemingly effortless.

And with a beautiful, emotional piece of acting by Evan Rachel Wood – at once steely and then fragile – and a surprisingly dark and effective portrayal by George Clooney himself (he says he couldn’t get anyone else to play the character and what a great choice he was), here you have an intelligent, clever analysis of the political scene today and what the personal cost can be if you make a mistake on this vast, unforgiving stage.

Cast your vote on this winning cinematic event now.

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