Monday, November 16, 2009

The Men Who Stare at Goats
Need something better to stare at

A little fall movie has snuck out in theaters. It's called "The Men Who Stare At Goats". It is directed by Clooney's partner in Hollywood. Is it a comedy? Sure. Zany is their fortay. Is it based on some real people and projects? Yes, but who knows to what extent. Does it have a good cast? Yes, which is the biggest disappointment.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this. This movie doesn't know what it wants to be and could have been a lot better if it had chosen a more direct genre. It could have been a hardboiled thriller about the government (with injection of some moment of levity provided by comedy). It could have been a character study about jealously and belief in oneself. It could have been about a seriously disturbed group of confused Army rejects. Instead it goes in 5 directions with a limited amount of rope pulling it every which way.

Not that there is a lot of good stuff out there right now. This was literally a last minute toss up. It was just nice to get out of the house. Okay, maybe not that nice...

Did you enjoy it?
Eh. Barely if at all.

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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