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Somewhat entertaining. Could have been a lot better just sticking to the general premise and what would naturally follow.
As with all Clooney projests you have to swallow the revisionist liberal blather blaming the worlds ills on Reagan and Bush. Wouldn't recommend it. Apparently not too many others wanted to see it. only 4 other people in the theatre.
Anyone who thought this was a good movie must have been dropping as much acid as the producer and director. Look at just two moments. The first having a crazed soldier go shooting in a military compound (Disgrace) and the second one being that a whole military camp in Iraq getting wasted on LSD in the spirit of Timothy O'Leary. It had no meaning and delivered very little humor. It was 90 minutes of my life that I could have spent so much better. People walking out before the end and the ones that did not were shaking their heads in disbelief.
I saw this flick alone and I guess it was just as well because you are not allowed to talk in movies and I had a lot of questions. I think the story line was about a beat writer for a newspaper who interviewed a former army member of a special (physcological) unit. They trained to use their minds to supposedly when face to face with the enemy convince them to lay down their arms and be non violent. As I previously said, I found it hard to follow and had many questions that needed answers. Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey and George Clooney did the best they could with this story. All good actors but it did not fullfill. OH! I forgot! Stay for the credits in You like " MORE THAN A FEELING" By Boston!! Great Sound!!
Men Who Stare at Goats stepped out of the Coast-to-Coast, late night radio studio. If you are familiar with the remote viewing topic, you'll immediately catch the satire. If you are not into that populist
genre, you'll probably wonder how much, not if , acid the screen writers dropped. It is a trip down nostalgia lane. Everyone involved must have had a difficult time delivering lines, with their tongues so deeply embedded in their cheeks.
GOATS had it's moments, but Clooney's mugging and comedic "timing" left a lot to be desired. Bridges carried this film, with his endearingly familiar pseudo-resurrection of LEBOWSKY's Dude. The ending was not surprising, nor was it disappointing--Dr. Leary would've been proud, although it did seem as if the writers simply ran out steam and smoked a fat one before putting the script to bed.
A campy watch at best if you're looking to kill a couple hours while Christmas shopping...otherwise save the $10 ticket and $40 popcorn, and wait for Netflix or DVD.
Men Who Stare at Goats was so funny; especially if you've ever been into ESP stuff and guru things and paranormal happenings. This movie will make you laugh because it takes serious subjects and puts a funny kind of slant to it.
The Army as a comedy in much the same vein as the movie M.A.S.H. made comedy out of the hospital.
George Clooney does another outstanding acting job; funny in a role that attempts to be serious like Peter Seller's Inspector Clousseu in the Pink Panther movies was serious yet very funny. You'll see what I mean when you watch it. Highly recommended for the well read movie buff.
Plot-LESS. Don't bother! This film never gets off the ground. You will be bored throughout. I love Clooney's acting in most all the films except this one. This film would have to get started before it could waver. There are single dry humor lines, each an hour apart. Don't waste your money on this one.
George Clooney starred in one of my favorite war films of all time, THREE KINGS. I loved how that movie combined the drama and action of BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI with the satire of DR. STRANGELOVE. Ten years later, he stars in the equally entertaining war satire, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS. Directed by Clooney's producing partner Grant Heslov, this mostly true story (as the credits state) starts by introducing us to Ewan McGregor's Bob Wilton, a journalist who goes to Kuwait looking for a big story. There, he finds Clooney's Lyn Cassady, part of an elite group of fighters who use the psychic power of their minds as their weapons. Cassady takes Wilton into Iraq on a special operation. During their journey, through flashback, we learn about this fringe military group, the New Earth Army, and their leader, Bill Django (played by always awesome Jeff Bridges, channeling The Dude from THE BIG LEBOWSKI). While the film starts to waver in the second half, there are enough entertaining moments that I left this movie looking forward to seeing it again. When it comes out on DVD, I'll put it in a double feature with THREE KINGS.
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