I missed the first 2 or 3 minutes of this movie, as I was waiting in line at the concessions stand stocking up on Popcorn for everyone who went with me to this movie. When I came back, my friend leaned over and whispered into my ear: "At the beginning they had a line that said, 'more true than you would believe.' "
They weren't lying.
The quirky title of "The Men Who Stare at Goats" fits perfectly with the quirky story and even quirkier tall-tales of a psychic-delic hippi movement that took root within the US Army. The man to discover all of this is a guy named Bob, whom the universe orchestrates to meet Lyn Cassidy -- one of the most talented members of this New Age Army Unit. Of course, when I say "orchestrate" I mean through a series of a seemingly chance misfortunes that brings Bob up to the point of being a reporter in Iraq. Bob, like the audience, isn't sure if his life is being pulled along by providence or just bad luck. Lyn, played by the brilliant Mr. George Clooney, is going to show Bob all of his "Jedi Powers" that he learned with this special Army Unit and, more importantly, he's going to show Bob that he too has a large part to play in the history of this unit.
I found myself laughing throughout this movie. Ewan McGregor playing a would-be or should-be Jedi was nothing short of brilliant casting. But Clooney, despite all of his impressive looks, still manages to have the goofiest expressions I've seen since The 12 Monkeys. The writers do a tremendous job of riding the line between belief and doubt of the paranormal. Sometimes, Lyn pulls off the spectacular. Most times he does not. And one time, when he does pull it off -- by killing an innocent goat -- he sets himself up for a bad case of Karmaitis. So ultimately, The Men Who Stare at Goats is a story about....brace yourself....redemption.
More True Than You Would Believe? Yes. Is this flick better than you would expect? Absolutely. Check it out. Keep your eyes peeled for the unbelievable. But don't stare too hard.
THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS is a film about the New Earth Army, a special forces outfit that was formed in the late 70s to become essentially "Jedi Warriors." They were to use the power of Mother Earth and their own innate psychic powers against the enemy in a new and non-traditional type of warfare and in essence change the world forever. Now this might sound a little unbelievable to all you fans of Sargent Slaughter out there but that part of it is all true. … more
The Men Who Stare At Goats looks like an interesting film in and of itself. The previews make it seem funny and enjoyable. Almost like something ripped out of a Coen Brothers film. And yes, there are some kooky and strange moments--and there's quite a bit of humor. But when all is said and done, you'll walk out of the theater trying to contemplate what the movie was trying to say... if it was really trying to say anything all. Is it intersting? Sure. Is … more