Monday, November 2, 2009

Movie Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats

    Bad news, ladies (and germs), you only get to see Ewan's ass in this flick - no wang.

Grant Heslov as a writer gave us the subtle and sophisticated Good Night, and Good Luck in 2005. Director Grant Heslov in 2009 gives us the surprisingly goofy "inspired by a true story" war satire, The Men Who Stare at Goats, which hits theaters this Friday.  You've heard of this one, right? Commercials have been running nonstop for the last 2 weeks or more.  I got the chance to see it at the 18 1/2 Philadelphia Film Fest last month and it wasn't quite the masterpiece I was hoping for, it was a pretty fun flick.

Crammed with Star Wars terminology, Lord of the Rings references on top of more paranormal psycho-speak than an X-Files episode, The Men Who Stare at Goats stays firmly in the realm of the ridiculous, farcical and lighthearted.  If you’re looking for Dr. Strangelove for the 21st Century, you’re out of luck.  But, if you’re into George Clooney playing an eccentric philosophy spouting Jedi with Level 3 Invisibility, well that’s another story.  Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey are psychic spies part of a secret government operation created based on a rumor that the Russians were delving into supernatural warfare.  Ewan McGregor is the easily impressed reporter desperate to break the fantastical top secret story that spans decades.