Shirah Vollmer MD

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‘The Ides of March’ in October

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on October 17, 2011

     The title suggests Shakespearian quality. The actors are usually good. The story is interesting. The essential ingredients of great dialogue with intrigue and suspense are there, but the movie ‘The Ides of March’ falls down. The characters are unidimensional and hence predictable. All the players are out for themselves: no surprise. Morals, ethics and human dignity have long disappeared in this world of politics and unbridled ambition. Seeing this movie is like watching a chess game; one has to think two or three steps ahead to feel the gratification of that self-soothing, self-talking comment “I knew that was going to happen.” In that sense, the movie was fun. Each person was “winning” until the other person pulled a good move and the game changed quickly,  just like chess. Yet, there was the absence of depth that made this movie instantly forgettable. The characters did not generate any internal movement. My feelings throughout the movie were static. I was interested, but not deeply touched. It was a purely cognitive experience, emotionally dry. No tears were shed. No fear was had. Shakespeare, as we all know, did a better job.

2 Responses to “‘The Ides of March’ in October”

  1. Jon said

    While I agree with your assessment on the film, there is another take one can have on its title. The title of Ides of March may also bring to mind Julius Caeser — a most ambitious man. (Yes, Mark Antony, Brutus was right.) While not rising to anywhere near the quality of a Shakespearean tale, this tale does explore the nature of ambition. It was like watching a chess game, but, sadly, a chess game without deep insight into the deeper game of life.

  2. I saw it as the nature of a power grab, a form of ambition, perhaps, but more focused on control, rather then on personal growth. Thanks, as always, for your comments.

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