As a director, George Clooney has done a solid job of trying different genres, but the two themes he returns to each and every time are, invariably, the media and politics. The Ides of March
focuses so intensely on these two subjects that you shouldn’t need to see the director’s credit to know it’s his film.
Adapted from Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, the movie stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Myers, a campaign press secretary for a governor (Clooney) who is in a tight race to become the Democratic presidential nominee. Stephen is the wunderkind on the campaign, earning the trust of his boss Paul (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and commanding the respect ...