The Ides of March
A Sharp Political Drama where Gosling is the Star
Although slightly cynical, this intriguing political drama deals assuredly with themes of corruption and optimism, framed by a fictional Presidential nomination race. All of the acting is superb, particularly by Ryan Gosling, whose character undergoes the biggest character arc. George Clooney doesn't have to work hard as the charismatic candidate in question, but, in the film's darker moments, he surprises by touching on some more menacing notes. The film's writing is the real star - sharp and creating dueling character motivations in every scene. One of the better films of 2011.