THE IDES OF MARCH
The Ides of March is a great film. My dislike for The Descendants is not based on my bias against George Clooney, because The Ides of March was written, directed, and starred him…………..and I loved it. It is based off of Farragut North, and when I was in LA a few summers ago, I saw the play starring Mr. Big and Chris Pine. It was a great play and the movie definitely did it justice.
It had a great script and excellent acting (from George and Ryan Gosling). It was nothing spectacular in terms of cinematography or music, but it did what it was meant to. The story grips you, just when it feels like it might get boring. I almost turned it off after a bit, but then it hooked me. And when I started to get confused, it gripped me again.
If you are not one for political thrillers or political anything, have no fear. I am not exactly a follower of politics, but I managed to follow the story quite well.
I came across this on Instant Netflix (I may or may not have searched for Tom Hardy movies). The premise sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. It is a miniseries with four 1 hour episodes. And……………what a stressful four hours that was.
Now before you go and add this on your queue, let me warn you. This is an extremely intense series with very strong content (including strong sexuality including an intense rape scene, violence, f-bomb after f-bomb, and very dramatic content involving children). Basically if you can handle Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo………… then you might be able to handle this. Some advice………..rent it on a disc so you can add English subtitles because it is hard at times to understand their thick British accents.
Now that you have been warned, I will continue on about how good it was. First and foremost, the acting is superb. It is some of the best acting I have seen in a long time. Tom Hardy should have received some sort of nomination for this. The music adds the final badass touch every gangster/mob show needs. Basically, this is a very well made show all around. If you can handle the rough content, I suggest renting it.