The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Reviewed on 2009 November 10
Very offbeat movie, based on a true story of an army battalion that specialized in weapons of the mind.
Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor, with a very good Midwestern accent here) is a reporter for an Ann Arbor, Michigan newspaper who, in the kind of stream of events that often occur with more randomness in life than any movie, winds up drinking Glenfiddich with Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), who claims to be a Jedi warrior in the U. S. Army’s New Earth Army. Bob just decides to go along for the ride at this point, and learns the story of how Lieutenant Colonel Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) decided to form a team of soldiers who would use paranormal skills to defend the nation. Django’s unorthodox methods seem to bring out the best in Cassady, who claims to be very skilled at cloud bursting and other useful psychic techniques.
It’s about as ridiculous and entertaining as it sounds, and while the end got a little too pat and silly for me, it was enjoyable. I especially liked the backstory of how the New Earth Army got formed. The acting was as good as you’d expect from the team of McGregor, Clooney and Spacey (and Goat), and Jeff Bridges was very funny as the hippie Django. The classic rock throughout the soundtrack was great too.
Two chocolate morsels and some ice cream.