Movie Madness

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The Men Who Stare At Goats

This movie has a cast that is truly brilliant. Clooney gets crazy hair. Spacey is supposed to be a L. Ron Hubbard clone. Bridges grows his Lebowski hair back. McGregor holds his own. How did the Coens not direct this?!

The film follows McGregor attempting to prove to his estranged wife that he’s not a coward. He decides becoming a journalist in Iraq is his ticket back into her heart. This is where he meets Clooney, playing his most wacky character ever. Together, they are on a “mission”. Clooney uses the time they are together to educate him on the background of Jedi powers. I loved how Clooney is educating McGregor on the ways of the Jedi when McGregor played a Jedi three times. The mission gets more and more out of comprehension. But that isn’t a bad thing.

The film is not a plot based film. It’ s more of an adventure without a clear destination in mind. And whenever the film starts to slow down too much, a flashback comes in and refreshes the experience. The joy of this movie is watching all these actors embodying their roles. Quickly, you believe these characters are real people. And apparently, a good deal of this movie is true. Which leaves one to contemplate which parts are real and what’s embellished. If you enjoy Clooney being a loon and/or Jeff Bridges looking like “The Big Lebowski” in uniform, give this treat a view. 3.5 stars out of 5

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