The Ides of March

Published April 7, 2012

The Ides of March

Film info

  • Title The Ides of March
  • Director George Clooney
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 41m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline Ambition seduces, power corrupts

During the frantic days before a heavily contested presidential primary, up and coming campaign press secretary Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) battles for Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) in the race to win the Democratic presidential nomination. When the opposing candidate’s campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) offers Stephen a job on his staff, Stephen neglects to inform his campaign manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman). As his silence is revealed, Stephen uncovers a dirty personal secret that could sink Morris' political career. Written and directed by Academy Award winner George Clooney and also starring Marisaa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood, The Ides of March is sharp, quick witted and an intense tale of sex, ambition, betrayal and revenge.

Fast Facts

Title: The Ides of March Director: George Clooney Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 41

Background Info

I was aware before we started watching this that I wasn’t going to understand very much of it, but it’s hard to ignore a film that has both George Clooney and Ryan Gosling in it. And they are in suits. A lot! So, yea. Also it might be educational? No, mostly just the suits.

Live Blog

2:39 - “Whatever you do, don’t vote for me.” 3:28 - Clooney did it better than Gosling. 5:31 - Political debates make me uncomfortable. Why am I watching this again? 7:29 - Eke is a good word. 7:44 - “Certain, no. Confident, yes.” 9:48 - Where does the Kool-Aid thing come from? Is Kool-Aid addictive? 13:05 - Interesting idea, if it is true - win. If it’s not, they waste time denying it - win. 19:03 - Ryan and George at the same table, already this film is worth watching. 20:58 - “You have something… charm is not the right word.” 27:24 - Making moves in a bar, just like in the other film. 32:03 - I thought she said she was 20. 41:11 - Being a Governor’s partner can’t be too much fun. 43:49 - Their campaign bus is like a pop star tour boss. 49:47 - She has managed to be with them both! She’s not even that attractive. 59:50 - There’s not enough George in this film, really. 1:02:43 - He just admitted making a mistake, and a few minutes ago he said: “If you make a mistake, you don’t get to play.” 1:04:18 - “In politics, loyalty is the only currency that matters.” 1:11:26 - The film is not making me feel any better towards politics, I must say. 1:13:21 - It’s turning out to be a pretty bad day for him. 1:17:59 - Who knew the vibration of a mobile could be so meaningful? 1:23:24 - Surely it just takes those six words like in Doctor Who, no need for the note at all. 1:29:37 - Uh oh, a new intern.


Mostly, the film was exactly what I expected. I didn’t understand very much of it, and as politics is about my least favourite subject in the world, I didn’t particularly enjoy much of the story. They was some pretty great acting, though, and I did like the direction. It was a very pretty film in all senses, and well directed by Mr Clooney.

**Rating: **2/5

Rating: 2 / 5

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