The entire time I was watching this incredibly depressing film about a presidential candidate (played by George Clooney) and his campaign manager (Ryan Gosling) who sell their souls (metaphorically) when they realize there’s no way to succeed in American politics if you have a moral core, I kept thinking about this passage from William Faulkner’s novel, Intruder in the Dust:
Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you are you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash; your picture in the paper nor money in the bank either. Just refuse to bear them.
Dear America: WE ARE DOOMED.
(As for the film, it’s great, though dishearteningly believable. I still think Ryan Gosling can’t act (sorry), but any movie that pits Philip Seymour Hoffman against Paul Giamatti is WELL worth shelling out nine bucks for. So: recommended! You might want to smuggle a pint of scotch in with you, though. You’re gonna need the stiff drink when the credits roll, believe you me.)
Genre: Drama, Political
Cast: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Mantell