With the GOP primary phase of the 2012 campaign all but over, it seems, at least in theory, the perfect time to release a film that takes on the madness behind the scenes on the trail.
George Clooney's The Ides of March is an adaptation of the play Farragut North, a play by Beau Willimon that focuses on a fictitious Democratic primary in the battleground state of Ohio. The stars might have aligned to make this film seem topical right now, but there is fault to be found. And it lies squarely with the filmmaker.
The plot sees Pennsylvania governor Mike Morris running for the office of president of the United States. He has his campaign staff convinced he will be the next great hope for the nation, the one to "take the country back" - a phrase so often bandied about by political hopefuls - and he is neck-and-neck with his main Democratic contender, senator Ted Pullman. When the race reaches the Buckeye State, it's make-or-break time.
Although the genre of political films is varied, a lack of action is usually a bad thing, and so it is here. There are brief snippets of Morris' interaction with potential voters along the way, a question or two during a debate or a town hall session, but by and large his positions and his personality remain a mystery to us.Read the full story in The Prague Post.