PSH Blogathon: Ides of March, The (2011)

This is part of the Phillip Seymour Hoffman blogathon sponsored by the great Jordan over at Epileptic Moondancer. Thanks for the great idea and for letting me participate!

ides“I’m not a Christian. I’m not an Atheist. I’m not Jewish. I’m not Muslim. My religion, what I believe in is called the Constitution of United States of America. ” – Stephen Meyers

Number of Times Seen – 2 (4 Dec 2011 and 9 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Days before the final Democratic Presidential Primary in Ohio, the staffs of both candidates try to secure the Party nomination any way they can.

My Take on it – I’ve always enjoyed movies with politics as part of the storyline or background.

One of my favorite all time TV shows is The West Wing because creator and writer Aaron Sorkin was able to write spectacular politically based storylines and dialogue that are easily followed by the audience.

This movie accomplishes something similar on a smaller scale and Director George Clooney was able to capture the excitement and chaos of the end of a long Presidential Primary Race.

The characters are all written especially well and despite the West Wingist political jargon and situations, we can easily follow what is going on and understand all of the personal and political ramifications of each and every scene.

The main cast is stellar with Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman and George Clooney himself doing a great job with the spectacular script.

This movie is an adaptation of the award winning play Farragut North and since the movie works so well, I’m very curious to know if the play is even better (as is usually the case).

Bottom Line – Great political based movie that is fast talking and quick witted. Excellent cast that all do an exceptional job with the material they are given. Based on the award winning play Farragut North. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) says about a slur on his opponent, “I don’t care if it’s true. I just want to hear him denying it.” This is a reference to a statement attributed to Lyndon B. Johnson, who allegedly referred to an opponent as having carnal knowledge of farm animals. When an aide said he couldn’t say that because it wasn’t true, Johnson replied, “I know but I just want to hear him deny it.”  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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