Wilton (Ewan McGregor), is a small town reporter for the Ann Arbor Daily
Telegram. A man who thinks his life will always be small, like the paper
he writes for, but after interviewing Gus Lacey (Stephen Root), a man
who claims to have psychic abilities who was part of a secret army force
in the 80’s, that tried to create super soldiers with psychic talents.
Bob dismisses his claims and believes him crazy. Shortly after, Bob’s
wife leaves him for his editor and out of anger and an urge to prove
himself to his wife, leaves for Kuwait, hoping to get into Iraq and
report on the war. While at his hotel in Kuwait City, he meets Lyn
Cassidy (George Clooney), a man he heard about while interviewing Gus
Lacey. Cassady is revealed also to be a former member of the same secret
unit of psychic spies (referred to in the unit as “Jedi Warriors”),
known as “The New Earth Army”. What follows is Bob following Lyn on a
secret mission where Bob discovers the story of a lifetime.
Men who stare at Goats is based upon the book of the same name by
Jon Ronson and it is one piece of laugh out loud satire. I don’t think
that George Clooney has been funnier since O brother, where art thou?
He really throws it all out there as Lyn Cassady, the greatest “Jedi
Warrior” that was ever in The New Earth Army. I found myself laughing at
almost every scene he was in. My particularly favourite scene is when
Cassady shows Bob the ‘sparkly eyes’ technique. It’s one of my standout
film does contain a great ensemble cast, from Clooney, to McGregor,
Kevin Spacey as Larry Hooper, the evil ying to Cassady’s good yang in
the New Earth Army. But, the standout performance comes from the
brilliant Jeff Bridges, who plays Bill Django. A Vietnam veteran, turned
hippie warrior monk and founder of the New Earth Army. It doesn’t seem
like a big stretch for Bridges, because let’s face it, the guy can play
anything and play it well. Seeing him as Django brings back memories of
his role in The Big Lebowski as The Dude. It’s almost like Django
could be a distant relative of The Dude.
transfer is great, with a fresh colour palette and showing off some
really beautiful scenery with the rolling sand dunes in the desert and
the endless blue sky. No real film grain or noticeable damage on the
transfer, it’s pretty much faultless. The audio is very nice, with
countless classic rock songs playing throughout, it’s a clear sounding
track, like the majority of all modern films these days.
Special features on the disc include Commentary from Director Grant
Heslov, commentary from the books author Jon Ronson, deleted scenes,
codename: Project Hollywood featurette and Goats Declassified - The
First Earth Battalion feature.
Men who stare at Goats is an enjoyable, offbeat film, with enjoyable
performances and laugh out loud moments. It won’t appeal to everybody,
but those people that get it, will love it.