Becky and I went to see Michael Clayton at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The Fandango website at Michael Clayton describes the movie as follows:
“Former prosecutor Michael Clayton (George Clooney) works as a ”fixer” at the corporate law firm of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen, and takes care of his employers’ dirty work. Clayton cleans up clients’ messes, handling anything from hit-and-runs and damaging stories in the press to shoplifting wives and crooked politicians. Though burned out and discontented in his job, Clayton is inextricably tied to the firm. At the agrochemical company U/North, the career of in-house chief counsel Karen Crowder rests on the settlement of the suit that Kenner, Bach & Ledeen is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. When the firm’s top litigator, the brilliant Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), has an apparent breakdown and tries to sabotage the entire case, Marty Bach sends Michael Clayton to tackle this unprecedented disaster and, in doing so, Clayton comes face to face with the reality of who he has become.”
Michael Clayton is a great flick from the opening scene to the end of the movie. The language is really harsh at times, but the acting by George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Sydney Pollack is fantastic. This is not a movie that relies on a host of special effects, but on a great story and solid acting.
It reminded me of an old time Alfred Hitchcock thriller that is low key and builds until the climactic ending. You’ll watch the entire film and it will keep you guessing. It’s also refreshing to see a character that works his whole life for a legal firm and has to step back and evaluate his life while questioning the choices he’s made. That was totally believable for a change, instead of the typical high-powered, ambulance chaser character who is supposed to care about the rest of us.
The worst thing about this movie is the totally lame movie poster. They should have hired a better artist for that one. Michael Clayton is getting rave reviews and it should. It’s different, interesting, exciting and it will make you believe that Hollywood can still produce a good flick with great acting every once in a while.
John – **** Don’t Miss It
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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