I saw this last saturday at the dollar theatre with a few friends. Originally we were going to watch Couple’s Retreat but after a lot of whining on my behalf we decided on Men Who Stare At Goats– and what a wonderful decision it was! My ass was numb from the horribly flat seats but it didn’t really matter because I was into the film.
Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), a reporter for a small town newspaper, sets out for Iraq after his wife leaves him for his editor hoping that if he covers the war he will be able to prove to his wife that he isn’t a loser and make her come back to him. While waiting for clearance to cross the border he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a man who claims to be a former New Earth Army member, a U.S. army unit which employed men with paranormal abilities whose goal was peace and not war, and joins him on his quest to find his former lieutenant (Jeff Bridges). Let’s just say some crazy shit goes down when another former New Earth member, played by Kevin Spacey, intervenes.
If you want to know how goats play any part in this just watch the trailer.
George Clooney’s genuinely seemed like a crazy ass middle-aged man, which was cool, but Ewan McGregor just seemed kind of stupid and lost at all times. Taking all this in account I award Men Who Stare At Goats:
3 out of 4 David Bowies!