Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.
Release Date: November 6th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language, some drug content and brief nudity.
Distributors: Overture Films
Production Co.: Smoke House, BBC Films
Directed By: Grant Heslov
JJ Rating: B
The American Military decided to back a group of soldiers that worked to acquire mutant powers…so to speak and the kicker? It’s based on a true story. The Men Who Stare at Goats.
I don’t understand the title because even though that scene happens it’s not something that sums up the entire film very well. Maybe The Loony Loonies would have worked, but someone would have thought about Canadian money. Yes Canadians have their own money.
I had said that George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey would be an amazing four, even a fantastic four, and I was right. Power four pulled what would have been a really bizarre, cruddy movie into something that was just bizarre.
It was quirky and I really, really enjoy quirky. It was just too off kilter for me in a way. I don’t know what to think when The Men Who Stare at Goats was over. It freakin’ threw me for a loop and begged me to believe that what it was sharing was close to the truth. When I think of the military I don’t think of it being a spiritual place and this film flirts with that thought by trying to get the viewer to invest in that possibility and I think it’s going to be really difficult for many people to buy into that.
The Men Who Stare at Goats is not a movie for everyone. I think it’s barely a movie for some people. It really toes the line of the insane, sporadic, erratic and the internet world famous acronym “WTF”. What it had going for it (and the only thing I thought it would have going for it) was the actors and their ability to make a movie just because they are a part of it.
They use LSD in this film and it’s funny because the way the film goes about telling the story I sort of felt like I was (using what I’ve seen in films as a general idea since I’ve never taken it) on LSD. Maybe that’s why I didn’t fully enjoy or understand it because I wasn’t on some form of drug that would make the film more illuminating. Darn my straightedge life. Darn it to heck.