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London Film Festival: The Ides Of March Reviewed

London Confidential's LFF diary, live from the BFI

Written by . Published on October 24th 2011.

London Film Festival: The Ides Of March Reviewed

London Confidential sat in on the press conference as George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood talked about The Ides of March ahead of the film’s premiere at the London Film Festival.

“There are hands that you have to shake that you would not normally shake,” said Clooney speaking about his experiences of watching his father running for political office, which provided inspiration for the movie.

Hoffman said in real life, “It’s hard being a period hero and as an actor you get to demystify what it’s really like being a human being in a way.”

True Blood’s Wood said she was more comfortable wearing fangs and would like to maybe one day join Clooney and Hoffman in directing.

The Ides of March
Co-written, directed and starring George Clooney, The Ides of March explores the murky world of American politics on the campaign train. Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) is a hot shot press spokesman for Governor Morris (George Clooney). Myers is still an idealist at heart and believes in the perceived integrity and values of Morris. When Myers has a dalliance with a well-connected intern Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood) and is also tempted to meet a rival campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) it leads to far reaching consequences. There are plenty of twists as the events unfold and the leading players try to guess the other’s next moves like a chess game. The movie looks at ego, ambition and how fragile the grasp on the greasy pole in the life of politics can be. It portrays politics as a Darwinian world where the boundaries of morality are often blurred and actions justified to meet their ends. The movie’s sharp dialogue is delivered by a dream team cast which also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman. On the back of his performance and in the acclaimed Drive, current Hollywood golden boy Ryan Gosling’s stock looks set to rise.     

The Ides of March is showing on the 22 October at the London Film Festival

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