They are both irresistible and as dirty as any politician can be. Ryan Gosling and George Clooney make up the perfect team in “The Ides of March”, a political film that focuses on the campaign of Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) and his idealistic staffer Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) and how things can turn filthy very quickly in the race. It is a tight primary and as the delegates are debating drama is going on behind the scenes. Stephen is an intelligent young staffer who has climbed the ropes very quickly. He keeps close tabs on the numbers and is a great advisor for Morris. His judgment is questioned when he meets with the opponents advisor. It is a strategic move on the opposing side’s team, and causes a lot of questions in regards to Stephen’s loyalty.
There is no political drama without a beautiful intern in the mix. Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood) is a senator’s daughter working on the campaign and seems to have a few skeletons in her closet. When Stephen becomes close with the dough eyed beauty he finds it’s more than he bargained for. When the truth is revealed Stephen is left to pick up the pieces and learns that to make it in politics it is time for him to lower himself to their level. You see how quickly morals and ethics are thrown out for Stephen to get what he wants. In the end Stephen looks like the hero and seems to be the one who will succeed.
“The Ides of March” is not your typical political drama. It was entertaining and gave you a backstage look at the hard work that goes into campaigning and elections. Clooney was intelligent and clear as the presidential nominee. They could not have picked a better actor to portray the part of Governor Morris. Gosling is having a great year with another homerun piece of work. He is all over the place and proves he has talent that is impeccable. This political drama has a juicy tale that you have to see to believe.