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Men Who Stare At Goats
A movie based on a unbelievable true story....allegedly
Based off a story so out of this world....that it simply must be true. "The Men Who Stare At Goats" may not be the best film of the year, but it's definitely one of the most entertaining ones out there. The story is told through the eyes of Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), a news reporter who loses his wife, when he discovers her having an affair with his boss. Thus to win her back, he decides to go off to Iraq to find the scoop of the century to become famous, so she would become infatuated with him again. Along the way he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), whom claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. Implementing such bizarre training methods such as drugs and meditation practices. At first Bob is a tad skeptical. However, as the story goes on, he slowly starts to believe in this giant government conspiracy behind psychic spies program. Ewan McGregor and George Clooney's chemistry together really set this film for me, as their characters played off each other so perfectly that it allowed for the audience to deeply engage them. "Men Who Stare At Goats" is one of the enjoyable films of the year.
George Clooney was great in his role as he played the wise old "Yoda" type to Ewan's "Luke Skywalker." In fact, the chemistry between him and Ewan was great as it created not only a lot of drama, but it also created many comedic moments as well. Having George play the straight face serious type, where Ewan is the confused break out character protagonist. Which in turns create a lot of comedic moments like they have to escape from a band of terrorists, or when they're having to retake the U.S. Army Earth Battalion back.
Even Jeff Bridges is hilarious in his role as the hippie Army Officer Bill Django, who's not exactly your typical military type guy. Tends to favor drugs, love, and peace. Using various methods he learned hanging out with the hippies, during the 1960's. Needless to say, this sets up the movie for many comedic moments like the trial scene, when Bill has to defend the use of using illegal narcotics for Army Psychic Training.
Although the film tends to fall under a lot cinematic cliches, at times. Being rather predictable as the audience will easily be able to tell what's going to happen from beginning to end. However, the film does deliver a potent message about not living your life in the past, and preparing for the future. Now, that's a message worth delivering in any film.
"Men Who Stare At Goats" may not win any awards this year or much box office success, but it's definitely one of the funniest and entertaining films to watch.