|The Ides of March|
I've watched two movies, The Ides of March and Drive, in less than a week and instead of reviewing them separately, I'm going to blog about the star of both films, Ryan Gosling. I'm struck by how much of the movies is dominated by Gosling's performance. In both cases, it holds the films together. Gosling's character in The Ides of March, Stephen Meyers, is a wide-eyed idealist who believes in the work he does to make sure his candidate gets elected into office. The other characters in the film, especially Paul Giamatti's Duffy and Marisa Tomei's reporter Ida, exploit him for their own means. Yet however in the end, Stephen learns a cold hard truth how what it takes to survive in the political world. I love the scene of him finally confronting George Clooney's Mike Morris about his indiscretions. Both of them are assuming something about each other but in that one instant you can see in his eyes when Stephen crosses over the line, there's no going back after this. In a movie featuring George Clooney, who probably has his picture next to the dictionary definition of movie star, Ryan Gosling manages to captivate the audience with his rendition of up-and-coming campaign manager. A truly leading man performance.
|Crazy, Stupid, Love|
But despite all his success in 2011, Ryan Gosling couldn't garner an Oscar nomination for either of his movies. As I mentioned in my Oscar nominations' reaction post, he is still young and he was previously nominated before for Half Nelson and I'm pretty certain he's going to get the opportunity again to win. Until then, we can just appreciate the earnestness of his recent performances.
|Lars and the Real Girl|
P.S.- If you have time, consider renting Lars and the Real Girl, my favorite of Ryan Gosling's performances. Extremely endearing and touching!