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CLOONEY’S IDES OF MARCH OPENS VENICE FESTIVAL

September 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

George Clooney

George Clooney continues to garner much praise for his efforts as a film director. His The Ides of March (he also co-wrote and co-stars in it), presented as the opening film at the Venice Film Festival Wednesday night, was praised by the Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young for its “tense pacing and a superb cast, led by … Ryan Gosling.” Likewise Xan Brooks of Britain’s Guardian described it as “tense and involving.” David Gritten at the London Telegraph wrote that “it engages the brain within the context of a solid entertainment.” He, too, praises Gosling’s performance. “There is a stillness and certainty about his acting, a commanding ability to convey complex emotions in the flicker of an eye.” But Justin Chang at Daily Variety was unimpressed, railing at the film’s political bent. Chang maintains that the film “wallows in its own superiority to the point where its cynical pose looks almost naive.” The filmmakers, he concludes, have turned Beau Willimon’s stage play, Farragut North, “into something implausible, toothless and weirdly dated.”