Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) [Review]

Directed by - Grant Heslov

Written by - Peter Straughan & Jon Ronson

Starring - Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey & Jeff Bridges

Story/Plot - Bob Wilton (McGregor) is a reporter who has just lost his wife to his editor. Down on his luck he decides to go on a journey to discover himself. His luck may have changed, Lyn Cassady (Clooney) is on his way to Iraq to fulfill a mission he was set. Bob persuades Lyn to let him join on this mission so he can get a story.

On their travels Bob learns about new age hippy techniques employed by the US Army. Lyn is a sergeant with the New Earth Army and his past is shared to Bob during several difficult situations. Bob learns about Bill Django (Bridges) who was the founder of the Jedi's and about Larry Hopper (Spacey) who has a hatred for Lyn.

Stranded in the desert Bob and Lyn stumble upon a lone goat and before they now it they wake up on an army base where Lyn is reunited with Bill and Larry. It is here that Bob begins to learn more and to fully discover himself. Has Bob got that story he craved?

My verdict - A delightful journey into the world of alternative methods. psychologically demanding but brilliant to watch. Ewan McGregor and George Clooney are a perfect pairing.

Ratings -

Story - 8/10

Cast - 9/10

Director - 7/10

Overall - 8/10

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