DVD Review: The Ides of March
George Clooney’s presidential campaign drama traverses familiarpolitical corridors, tut-tutting over backroom manoeuvres and minorloyalty tests as if this were 1952 rather than 2012.
The Ides of March
Clooney, in his fourth and most accomplished directorial turn, casts himself as Mike Morris, the Pennsylvania governor who seeks to lead the Democrats in a presidential contest, first by winning the crucial Ohio primary. The film’s central figure isn’t Morris, but his press wrangler, Stephen Myers (Gosling). The talent’s all there, but Clooney and frequent collaborator Grant Heslov lose the plot in their screen adaptation, with Beau Willimon, of Willimon’s play, Farragut North. Clooney’s probe of situational ethics won’t come as a revelation to anyone who has seen Primary Colors, The Candidate, Robert Altman’s Tanner ’88 TV miniseries or any number of similar political movies.