The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

The Men Who Stare at Goats is the newest movie by Grant Heslov, based on the book by Jon Ronson, starring Ewan McGregor*, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.

Bob (Ewan McGregor) is a journalist for a small paper. After his wife leaves him, he tries to impress her by going to Iraq. By chance, he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), an ex-soldier who says that he’s on a mission. Desperate for a story, Bob tags along and slowly uncovers the nature of Lyn’s military training: psychic…

I thoroughly enjoyed The Men Who Stare at Goats. The cast is awesome, the story is just crazy enough and the story moves along at a good pace and with a very nice sense of humour. Great entertainment.

I wasn’t expecting much, going into the movie since I had only read bad reviews. And I’m glad to say that my fears were unfounded. It might not be the “deepest” movie ever made and if you expect hard-hitting journalism about the US Army you’re going to be disappointed, but other than that…

The cast was absolutely great and not only because Jeff Bridges and George Clooney got to wear absolutely awesome wigs. I don’t remember when I last enjoyed Kevin Spacey in a movie so much. [Not counting Moon, where he was only a voice, it might be L.A. Confidential… I mean, Shipping News was nice, and American Beauty was good, and he was the best thing about Superman Returns (but that’s not saying much), but Kevin Spacey wasn’t so great in either…]

Everytime Ewan McGregor asked “what is a jedi?” the part of me that is easily amused mingled with the part of me that loves meta stuff and that was damn potent combination. Loved it.

The only thing that I found a little disappointing was that I still don’t know what was actually true of the story. But that’s really just a minor thing since I know prefer to think of everything as true and that’s just one hell of a truth.

Summarising: No matter whether you care for the army, the jedi or psychic abilities, you’re going to be well entertained by this film.

*Is it just me or is Ewan McGregor suddenly in every second movie, after not appearing in any film for a year or so? And is it just me or does that happen with quite a few actors? George Clooney, too.

2 thoughts on “The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

  1. Enjoyed the film; watched it a week after I read the hilarious book it’s based on. They took a lot of liberties with the film and I really really recommend the book.

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