Based on the play Farragut North by Beau Williams, this directorial effort from George Clooney concerns a young man who gets schooled in the world of corrupt politics when he joins a Democratic candidate’s presidential campaign.
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Clooney has a knack for bringing all the right actors together. Every actor in this film is on point especially Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. Gosling has perfected the art of staring pensively off screen.
The first and last shot of the film show Gosling's character about to speak into a void: first an empty Ohio Auditorium & the other to an oblivious national television audience. In the beginning we see a sprightly young man; by the end we see someone who has sacrificed every real possible human relationship around him. Shot well though at times spelling it out too much IDES is a political blockbuster with resonance.
This film probably deserved 3 stars, but despite its lack of some depths and exploration, I give it a 4 because the actings's sooo nice to look at (Ryan Gosling is such the cream of the crop!) and this film moves with pitched-pacing, everything happens quickly but well-explained. The script is sharp, straight-forward and does not require the bother of post-viewing analysis. I liked it!
I was hoping for a little more out of this film. It rushed through the political process, which seemed to be more interesting than the personal lives of the characters. It felt like the final episode of a cancelled mini-series.
Cool to see a movie shot in my home town of Cincinnati, and they made it look good. The performances are all excellent, but the ending is ultimately unsatisfying. Overall, though, a nice political thriller.
A bee that does not sting. A toothless vampire. This Clinton/Obama parable could have been grand, bold, powerful, daring. Instead, it is just a missed opportunity. And a waste of a terrific cast. "Angry political thriller"? Please... This "politically-correct" pseudo-attack on the system is flat, deflated, limp and tragically self-indulgent.
Read the screenplay not too long back when it was still called 'Farragut North'. Fun ride throughout with some interesting dialogue and insight into the dirty side of politics; yet, at times the plot developments seemed quite predictable ... the ending was a bit anticlimactic. Also, I understand the script was adapted from a stage-play based on the 2004 D. primary campaign of Howard Dean. That element has been nixed.