The Ides of March

The Ides of March ★★★

A biting political thriller with a little bit of spice thrown in.

Some rather understated performances from Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman launch the film from a rather bare drama to an interesting and exciting take on US politics and the fight to gain votes.

Adapted from the play 'Farragut North', the screenplay is one of the strongest aspects of the film. Focusing more-so on the puppeteers behind the representatives and their manipulation of politics partnered with dirt on the opposition used to get ahead in the game.

Having covered US politics at school before I was able to keep up with and understand what was happening, however I can't help but feel people from outside the US with no knowledge may feel a bit lost at points.

It's not so much as nail biting but it can keep your focus for it's short and well paced running time.