This very actual film is about a senator hoping to win the nomination for the office of president for the Democratic Party. The senator is played by director Clooney who managed to gather a heavy line-up for his film. We have Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti in leading parts.
Stephen Meyers (Gosling) is high up on the staff of the senator’s promotion team, working under Paul Zara (Hoffman), a seasoned campaign leader. Meyers is a highly promising promotor with some experience. The film does not really explain the American selection system with delegates, superdelegates, etc., but it does give a peek into the extraordinary rough way of campaigning. A minor misstep costs Meyer’s head who tries to fight his way back into the game.
“The Ides Of March” is a drama with some tension, especially psychological, giving an idea of what an American campaign is like and it is not pretty.