George Clooney yet again cements his place at the peak of American cinema with his fourth directorial feature, the immensely watchable ‘The Ides of March’.
Ryan Gosling leads this all-star cast as Stephen Meyers, wunderkind media officer for Mike Morris’ (Clooney) presidential campaign. But one rookie slip-up and Gosling is left in danger of tumbling out of the political machine.
The drama, while unrevolutionary, is totally gripping, thanks primarily to the four key players. Clooney has Gosling, Paul Giamatti and the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman firing on all cylinders. Take any two of these actors and put them in a room together and they’ll deliver gold. Hoffman, in particular, is effortlessly enigmatic despite his character’s clinical worldview.
The pacing slips off the pulse slightly towards the end, and the key dramatic beat seems to hit prematurely. But they’re minor criticisms for a movie that gifts us with a set of superlative performances from some of this generation’s greatest actors.