How many times will that title be used when discussing The Ides of March? I couldn't resist.
Directed by George Clooney and opening this weekend, Ides is a political thriller centered on a presidential candidate's press secretary. And SCANDAL.
This is the kind of movie that gets Oscar buzz. What kind of movie? Clooney-directed political statement? Story about power and political corruptions? Sure, maybe. There's precedent for that. White-male directed movie about powerful white men, and politics, with a dash of sexy lady and serious lady? Definitely.
Watch for yourself:
Now, as I haven't seen The Ides of March, or read much about it yet, I could be totally wrong. Marisa Tomei as Black Glasses Serious Reporter could be the center of the film, the only person in Ohio (or the national press) with enough smarts and courage to investigate the SCANDAL. The movie could completely center around her work to uncover and expose the SCANDAL (although she gets one or possibly two lines in the trailer). My snarky "sexy lady" comment could also be completely off base; Evan Rachel Wood's character in the trailer might claim to not be able to tie a tie, and might joke about being a "lowly intern" just to cover up her power. Right? RIGHT?!
You might scoff at my annoyance specifically with this movie, because politics in the United States is dominated by white men, and women don't have much power in the political game, so in that sense, the movie is "realistic." But you can't look at this movie (or any movie) in isolation. Judging from the trailer, Ides follows a well-established pattern for Serious Movies That Become Oscar-Nominated Films (see our reviews of Oscar-nominated movies from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 for some examples), or, Important Movies About Important Things (read: not things that particularly involve women).
Instead of seeing Ides of March this weekend, I want to watch a political thriller in which women take center stage. Give me some ideas.