This is only the second movie directed by George Clooney that I’ve seen, and despite being underwhelmed by Leatherheads, I am now excited to go back into his vault and see what else he has done. Clooney keeps a great pace as the story unfolds and he does an excellent job at making you like the characters when you’re supposed to and hate them when they’ve let you down.
The Ides Of March is one of those rare films where each and every character is a complete asshole as some point during the plot. The only other movie where this comes to mind is The Good Girl from 2002, but Ides is far from being a black comedies. This is also the first time I’ve seen a movie starring Ryan Gosling, which at first made me think, “I really can’t stand him,” only for it to turn out that I really wasn’t supposed to like his character.
I highly recommend this film for anyone who likes political thrillers or revenge flicks.