|Original title:||The Ides of March|
|Production country:||USA 2011|
|Running time:||Approx. 101 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Political thrillers are certainly not the kind of films that earn studios the big bucks. Although there are always excellent representatives of this genre who are able to win the numerous film awards, these films often prove to be a real poison at the box office. Even big names like George Clooney can do little to change that. Nevertheless, the superstar dares to tackle exactly this difficult subject with his latest directorial work and delivers a great drama with "The Ides of March - Days of Betrayal", which you should definitely give a chance.
The film, which is based on the play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon, focuses on the young political consultant Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gossling), who made it all the way to the top at just thirty years of age and is allowed to organize the election campaign for the promising presidential candidate Mike Morris (George Clooney). Whether dealing with the press or the opposing camp, Stephen always finds the right tone to make his candidate look good. Full of self-confidence and a good portion of idealism, Stephen's career seems to have no limits. But an affair with the young trainee Molly (Evan Rachel Wood) of all things leaves Stephen, who is otherwise so prudent, off the rails. And so he lets himself be lured into a perfidious trap by the opponent's advisors, which will force him to choose between his career and his so valuable ideals...
"The Ides of March - Days of Betrayal" is not only a great acting cinema, in which besides Clooney especially Ryan Gossling, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman deliver extremely good performances. In recent months, Gossling in particular has shown extreme versatility, which has consolidated his reputation as one of the best representatives of young Hollywood. And also here the mime inspires with a mixture of charm and intensity, with which he can easily stand his ground against greats like Clooney or Giamatti.
But the film is also an intelligent and yet extremely entertaining thriller, which captures the political climate not only in the USA very skilfully. Of course, the film is about politics, fast dialogues are the rule and the complex interrelations require the full attention of the audience. And yet the whole thing doesn't seem too bulky and never loses sight of its entertainment mission. George Clooney succeeds masterfully in telling an exciting story while at the same time stimulating the intellect of his audience. Of course, "The Ides of March - Days of Betrayal" is a very American film, but the question of how far you are willing to go for your career is really not limited to the USA and makes the thriller very interesting for German viewers as well. Especially since the look at the dirty tricks in the US election campaign is certainly not completely unknown to politicians in Germany.
George Clooney lives up to his good reputation as a director and actor with this film. With a great screenplay, in which not only Clooney but also his long-time production partner Grant Heslov and theater author Beau Willimon were involved, and a great acting ensemble, Clooney has packed a not exactly audience-friendly material into an entertaining, but also highly intelligent robe, which makes "The Ides of March - Days of Betrayal" absolutely recommendable especially for friends of the somewhat more demanding US cinema!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp