I rarely give 5 stars to a movie. They're reserved for films so true and with humanly complex characters. For instance, my favorite movie is Training Day. When have you ever seen such an astonishing performance?
George Clooney is that incredible character in an excellent movie, with a tight, spare script and great direction.
In the last scene the shot on Clooney's face must have lasted 5 minutes. It's ridiculously hard to maintain your character in the 'stare' of the camera. You can see the disgust and tension fall away as the hint of a smile appears right before the cut.
Tilda Swinton was also excellent. Her subservience, imposter syndrome, rampant anxiety and those power suits! It's a accurate picture of the woman walking a high wire to keep her success, but it's right out of the 80's like her clothes. She's a sad sack until she decides to destroy anyone in her way.
The greasy, perspiration soaked, fluidly moral, weak automaton who 'presents' in terror, by rote, smiling "yes" woman perfectly reflects the corporate world. The cop is a beautiful foil to that. Right is right and wrong is wrong. What a relief.
What if Arthur is sane and the legal representation world is crazy?
For those of you who need bullets flying and car chases to be 'excited' about a movie, don't watch this film.
For those who want to devour a sumptuous banquet of menace, morality, and success and failure with a touch of insanity, this film is for you.