At one point Paul Giamatti’s character tells Ryan Gosling’s character to get out of politics while he can, before he gets jaded and cynical. And without spoiling a very smart, fast-moving and twisty plot (with great performances by all the leads, esp Philip Seymour Hoffman), the overall message is that politics, even with a Democratic dream George Clooney Presidential candidate, is an irredeemably jaded and cynical business.
Hardly news that. Everyone’s dirty by the end of this movie. I wanted to take a shower when I got home.
PS ‘The Ides of March is a protest feminist film – discuss’