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Gosling Shines In Over-Political 'Ides of March'

The moral of this story seems to be "trust no one." "The Ides of March" is a new political drama starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti.

Mike Morris (Clooney) is a Democrat who is running for president and Stephen Myers (Gosling) is his media strategist. In the Democratic presidential primary, Morris is running against Sen. Pullman. When Pullman’s campaign manager, Tom Duffy (Giamatti), makes a meeting with Myers asking him to switch campaigns, things take a turn for the worst.

The entire movie is quite intense and depressing. It shows all the dirty, ruthless, backstabbing and disloyal aspects of politics. It makes me wonder if our presidents were elected for reasons other than the people’s opinions.

The acting is very impressive. Gosling was phenomenal, as usual. Many people I’ve talked to agree that he made the movie. However, the story had a few flaws. Many questions were left unanswered and the ending is a huge cliffhanger.

My last complaint is that Clooney seemed to be shoving his political views down the viewers’ throats. He took every opportunity possible to voice his thoughts, which seemed unnecessary, in my opinion.

My mind didn’t wander once throughout the whole movie. I was completely focused on the story and didn’t take my eyes off the screen. It is an extremely fast-paced film that requires your full attention. This is not the type of movie during which you’d take a bathroom break.

The only reason this film is rated R is because of language. I don’t think it’s too inappropriate for most teenagers. I do think it might be confusing to many. Not everything is spelled out for you.

I give “The Ides of March” a 7 out of 10 for being well done but a little too political, if you know what I mean.

Katherine Grace Marra is a junior at Weston High School who reviews films from a teen's perspective on her blog www.katherinegracem.tumblr.com .

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