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Michael Clayton (DVD) (WS)
George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson star in this riveting drama of an attorney who, in the four worst--and last--days of his career, must confront the person he has become--Michael Clayton. Known among his colleagues as "The Janitor" for his 15 years of working behind the scenes to clean up high-profile clients' messy personal problems, Clayton (Clooney--Good Night, And Good Luck.) is sent to handle damage control when the top attorney (Wilkinson--Batman Begins) defending a multimillion dollar suit suffers a mental breakdown prompting the client's in-house counsel (Swinton--Constantine) to a desperate course of action.]]>
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I now never going to see a George Clooney movie ever again. Good night and good luck was boring it felt like a second rate tv movie. The movies he does with his buddy Soderbergh suck as well. The worst one is the Good German which features the worst miscast in movie history. Tobey Mcguire as a villian who beats his women is so bad it is laughable. His only good movie is Three Kings. His problem is that he only knows how to play himself and his movies are made for the older demographic.
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.
You can tell the movie is about something sinister because the lighting is dim.
I get the whole idea of a film wanting to setup a 'payoff' and it's a tricky thing to pull off but it happens way too often and it was never once effective for me. Kind of a shame because otherwise it's an interesting story with some good performances.