|The Ides of March|
Two days ago, Henry Tang slacked off all the blame on the illegal basement to Mrs. Tang. “It’s all my fault, not my husband” is what seems to be saying in Mrs.Tang’s quiet weeping.
This total fisco just doubly proves how dirty the political world is, and that’s what The Ides of March told us about.
Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) is the press secretary of Mike Morris (George Clooney), the governor of Pennsylvania and the Democrat presidential candidate. The story starts when Stephen, lacking political sensitivity, went out to meet the competitor’s campaign manager.
He belatedly told his boss, Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) about the meeting but this honesty was not very much appreciated; Paul distrusted and fired him. That starts Stephen’s revenge which eventually turned him into a soulless amoral person.
This plot bespeaks a tragic moral fable. The most chilling scene is when Ida, the journalist who threatened Stephen to publish his meeting, came after Stephen has emerged unscratched by the scandal and asked him ‘Hey, Steve. I’m still your friend, right?’
Without irony nor any emotion, he replied ‘You are my best friend’ – the ultimate descent to hypocrisy.
George Clooney easily executed a relaxing judicious authority as what a governor should do. He listened to advices, asked the advisers and made his own mind. When asked about his view on capital punishment and what if the victim is his wife, he answered, without a moment of thinking, that he would kill the murderer.
Despite that, he is still against capital punishment, since ‘The society must be better than the individual’. (Professor Choy has written a fantastic article on this here)
But this idealism is all too superficial when on the face of Stephen’s threat, Morris simply gave up all his baselines. After all, a politician has no baseline in a political game, especially in an election running for the most powerful seat in the world.
In the political world, everything can be bought and sold for power; just like Henry Tang selling out his wife to continue running the CE election.