The emptiness when I walked out of the theater could easily be explained. I can’t remember the last time when I walked out feeling that kind of ’empty’. Literally, I was waiting for the story to move on when I saw the end credits rolling. Empty because, it felt like I was kicked out of my dining table just after I had my appetizer.
I love politics. To be specific, I love election politics. I love election politics in a democracy like India or the US. I love the dynamics, the strategies, the organization, the energy, the power to rally supporters, the play with words, the backstabbing, the alliances, the break-ups, the ambitions, the relationships, the analysis, the opinion polls, the media coverage, the talk shows covering the elections, the resignations, the quitters, the winners, the losers, the chemistry, the cheering, the feeling of empowerment that common people get, the paraphernalia, the speeches, the slogans, the posters, the stickers and pretty much everything that surrounds elections. Of course both India and the US have a totally different approach to most of the above items in the list.
Which is why, The Ides of March presented itself as a tempting piece of dessert ready to satisfy my sugar craving palette. A gripping story set in the middle of Democratic Primaries. The movie that starts off with one of my favorite topics – about how infantile the American public is even in 2011 as the thought of a Presidential candidate who openly admits to not going to Church regularly (forget about being an Atheist or following a different religion) is considered “UNAMERICAN” or simply scary to them.
The directorial style is very typical Clooney – close-ups, no wide angles, dark settings – mostly indoors, etc. etc. The story has 2 great twists which makes the movie all the more credible for the theme it is dealing with. Great performances by everyone – Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, P S Hoffman and Clooney himself.
Yet..Yet…I walked out thinking the movie could have been a bit more. Unlike movies that end on an unexpected note like TIOM, this movie doesn’t leave room for the audience to interpret the ending and this doesn’t leave anything vague.
Is that really what the filmmaker wanted?