A2 Bucket List: The State Theater

Number 4 on my Ann Arbor Bucket List was to see a movie at the State Theater. I had visited a couple times in undergrad (once for Garden State, once for Juno), but it’s always good to go back.

The State is a lovely little theater. It’s definitely past its prime – you can see that it’s becoming more and more rundown – but it’s an Ann Arbor institution nonetheless. And, also, I love that they give you old-fashioned tickets there. Just a little thing.

The movie we saw was the Ides of March, which was particularly appropriate for my Ann Arbor bucket list, as several parts of the movie were filmed in Ann Arbor. It was also fun to see with an Ann Arbor crowd because, at one point in the film, the new intern says, “No, I’m a Buckeye,” and everyone in the crowd booed. Love it.

And, finally, a bit about the movie itself. I completely loved it, especially toward the end of the movie. It sort of builds into a fast-paced game, and Ryan Gosling’s character becomes a little frantic/unglued, and you’re not quite sure what move he’s going to make next. I thought the whole movie was fantastic, but particularly the end – so suspenseful, exciting, and well-paced. Also, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti were perfect as veteran political consultants. I knew I would love Ryan Gosling in this role, but I was ultimately even more fascinated by Seymour Hoffman and Giamatti’s characters. Not that I don’t love me some Ryan Gosling. You can’t really go wrong there.

8 down, 52 to go!


2 thoughts on “A2 Bucket List: The State Theater

  1. This is entertaining even if suspense barely builds and pay-off revelations come with little surprise. Clooney, as a director, is also able to draw-out amazing performances from this whole ensemble cast. Solid review.

  2. I agree with you – most of the “twists” were obvious. But, I still loved the overall tone/style of the movie, and that’s what made it for me. Thanks for reading!

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