The Ides of March 2011 ★★★★

Ryan Gosling is my new favourite actor. He has more lines in this film than Drive, but his ability to "act" without speaking is again incredibly well used in Ides.

Add in a touch of Philip Seymor Hoffman, some George Clooney, and the guy from Sideways; and you end up with buckets of "soft power".

The storyline kept me interested, with perhaps my only criticism being that it felt more like an episode rather than a film. But then I think we've been spoiled by political TV drama (West Wing, Boss, et al). I get the feeling that the screenplay is fairly faithful to the play it is based on, which results in a tighter movie than Hollywood might otherwise have produced.

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