Sunday, November 27, 2011
George Clooney's Ides of March shows why he will never be in politics
George Clooney is your Hollywood liberal. He believes in the right things and he smells a rat quite quickly in American politics. In Ídes of March'', which he has directed and has also acted in it, and one of whose producers is Leonardo di Caprio, another emerging Hollywood liberal, shows in a rather artless manner all that is wrong with American politics, how the man who professes that he is not a "Roman Catholic, Muslim or a Jew"and who says that his scripture is the Constitution of the United States of America, and who argues that society has to be better than an individual, is forced to make the dirty deal, and who hides his affair with an intern. The hero of film, governor Morris is the teflon American liberal, in the mould of John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton, and who breaks liberal tenets so that he can remain in the race.
There is not much subtlety in the story nor is there much in the acting either. Though all of the roles are played competently by Clooney, Maria Tomesi (who plays the journalist Ida), Ryan Gosling (Stephen, the idealist-turned-cynical climber) and even Evan Rachel Wood (the wide-eyed Catholic intern), it is Philip Seymour Hoffman as the the hard-headed aide who stands out with his gruff acting.
Clooney's Michael Clayton had some interesting dramatic punches. There are none in this film. You know the lines falling in place in a predictable manner including the intern's ironic remark of the cleaning lady.
Yet, this film will have a certain resonance because it speaks of American politics of the now, and the message the people would love from the leader. But the leader is no angel but a man mired in the sins and crimes of the system but who says what needs to be said, clearly and emphatically. The film shows that politicians have to deliver angelic tidings but they are no angels themselves. Forgive them for they what know what they do and say.
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