My Rating: I would pay $12 to see this again in theaters!
Director: George Clooney
Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Staring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti.
George Clooney! Who knew! I mean we all knew he was gorgeous, and that he has only gotten better with age, but he is a great writer and director too! And, Ryan Gosling is starring in this movie! How could this movie go wrong! I would have just seen the movie just because they both are in it.
But aside from the amazing actors, I first wanted to see the movie because I knew it was going to be based on and/or related to William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. For all the non-Shakespearians out there, in Act I Scene II of Julius Caesar a Soothsayer tells Caesar to “beware the ides of March,” foreshadowing the betrayal of Caesar committed by Brutus and Cassius on March 15th. Now, I LOVE Shakespeare. I took Shakespeare Tragedies last semester and cannot get enough of his plays. It was one of my most difficult classes, but I learned so much and always looked forward to class, and once I got through the first two plays we read I was able to read through one of Shakespeare’s works without needing “No Fear Shakespeare” for help.
Back to Ides of March. This will probably be the year’s best Shakespeare themed movie (there was also Gnomeo and Juliet and next week Anonymous). What makes Ides of March amazing is that it is not flat out Shakespeare. To be honest I doubt many people even caught the reference. The movie is centered around the Democratic primary in Ohio, which is March 15, with Presidential Candidate Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) and his campaign consultant’s right hand man, Stephen Meyers (Gosling). The movie depicts the struggles that arise throughout campaign season for the pair, along with dirty politicians, persistent journalists, and unfortunate scandals. The connection the movie has to Julius Caesar is the themes of politics, loyalty, trust, and revenge. The movie had a perfect pace and I was on the edge of my seat never knowing what would happen next even though I had read Julius Caesar. It was an exceptional story-line that displayed not just the personalities of politicians, but of the worker bees of campaigns and the way in which dirty politics infiltrates their lives as well. I would definitely see this movie again and will probably buy it once it is released on DVD.