The Ides of March

This political drama mashes together a rather stock recipe of political scandals, a posh roster of A-list Hollywood-Indie actors and sets the timer of an Ohio state primary for an Obama/Clinton-esque candidate and conjures a satisfyingly tragic view of contemporary politics.  Gosling is typically perfect in his ability to channel soulish depth, which, in this case, mirrors the viewers own experience of being alternately woo'd and stabbed-in-the-back by the Hope and Promise of political newcomers, and while the pacing, the performances, the music and the loving lens make the film a delightful cinematic experience,  the soulish depth is what ultimately makes the film satisfying.
crosspost from movietalk (which I may be trying to revive? but I've got about a year of backposts to catch up on....albeit a low-movie-watching year...we'll see....as you, dear regular reader know...my impulses are swayed by unpredictable and unstable urges in these matters....)

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