satisfying legal drama.
If there is any
doubts of George Clooney's acting, this film will put them to rest.
This is a tight tense legal drama driven almost entirely by the
(Clooney) is sentimentally the fixer for a large New York legal
firm; A highly skilled lawyer who cleans up messes of other firm
members and their high profile clients. Clayton, is not a smooth New
York lawyer, rather a disillusioned man up to his eye-balls in debt.
seem to go from bad to worse after he is asked to clean up an
embarrassing incident involving Arthur Edens(Tom Wilkinson), a
senior member of the firm, who has suffered a nervous break down.
Michael become a target of attacks as he tries to uncover the the
truth behind the case Edens was working on.
The script is well
crafted, making this a slow but satisfying film. Clooney's acting is
fantastic as the title character, he makes Michael Clayton equally
skilled and flawed. Clayton is very human he has endearing
qualities, which can be seen in his relationship with his son but he
is also able to switch to a cold calculating lawyer.
The pace of the
film can make it tedious however if you are willing to stick with it
the conclusion is very rewarding.
Audio commentary by director Tony Gilroy and Film editor John Gilroy