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Friday, October 7, 2011

The Ides of March

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Is ‘The Ides of March’ a taut, gripping, political thriller, or yet another example of trivial political banter? The Ides of March was adapted from the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, which was itself loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary of Governor Howard Dean.  
The film follows Team Morris’ hard fight to win the pivotal state of Ohio in the Democratic primary. Snappy banter and (somewhat) interesting plot and character developments are definitely the strong points of The Ides of March script. The strongest two figures in the ensemble, though, are undoubtedly Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti, who play rival campaign managers. On the subject of politics: there are many people who will have trouble separating the subject matter of this film from George Clooney’s real life political dogma – but they needn’t be concerned that this is some sort of ‘pro-left, anti-right’ propaganda film. Watch the trailer below, then cast your vote about how well the film does its job:

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