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Old 10-12-2007, 10:38 PM   #16
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I thought Wilkinson was fantastic. He had that look in his eyes (especially when wandering through the streets of Manhattan) that is very, very close to what you would see in a mental hospital. So I felt he did a great job, particularly with the mania and how in the midst of it, you can have great moments of clarity.

Loved it.
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Old 10-13-2007, 10:30 AM   #17
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I loved it too, it's one of those quietly powerful movies that doesn't just hit you over the head. The acting is excellent, George did such a fine job too. And he looks incredibly handsome while doing it.

The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the ending (the very final scene), but when you think about it it's appropriate for the movie.
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I just saw this this afternoon and I LOVED, LOVED, this movie!!!

So awesome! The acting! The consistent pacing that keeps beautifully unfurling! The acting! George Clooney !

And the legal aspects were pretty dead-on as well. In most movies where there's any litigation or trial, there's always great dramatic license taken. This one stuck accurately close to the bone.

It was such an intelligent movie with so many layers and levels, and how Clooney reacts to all his many different relationships on an individual level. Wow! I honestly think it's his best acting yet. He completely left all his normal "Clooney-isms" behind and just became Michael Clayton.

And that one scene with his son in the car at the end of the street. Seriously, I had tears in my eyes. Father-Son stuff always gets me, but that was just a beautiful, beautiful scene; so honest and so truthful.

Smart, smart, intelligent film. I'm definitely going to see this one again!
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I thought Wilkinson was fantastic. He had that look in his eyes (especially when wandering through the streets of Manhattan) that is very, very close to what you would see in a mental hospital. So I felt he did a great job, particularly with the mania and how in the midst of it, you can have great moments of clarity.

Loved it.
I thought some of his scenes were done well, and fit what the character was supposed to be going for, but others were a bit too much to believe that he still knew what he was doing all along while falling apart so much.

The ending was quite gripping, if a little abruptly handled, and the motives were questionable as well, as they pointed out both Clooney and Wilkinson's characters (as well as pretty much every other employee at the firm) knew that they were defending the bad guy, but railed against them at the last second.
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I think one of my favorite things about the film was that it treated its audience as intelligent. The opening monologue alone was breathtaking, but I'm also talking about the characters and their relation to one another. There was no big, flashing-dialogue or exposition; characters just came in and out of the story and if you were paying attention to the earlier dialogue, you knew who they were. (I'm especially thinking of his Dad's birthday party scene, where he had previously mentioned having at least one sister and one brother.)

I love movies that don't dumb-it-down for the audience. Everything was accounted for and explained, but it didn't hit you over the head with recaps, summaries and explantions. The events just happened and unfolded in their own due time.

I think I love this film even more for treating me as a person with a brain, rather than as an ass in a seat!
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I think one of my favorite things about the film was that it treated its audience as intelligent. The opening monologue alone was breathtaking, but I'm also talking about the characters and their relation to one another. There was no big, flashing-dialogue or exposition; characters just came in and out of the story and if you were paying attention to the earlier dialogue, you knew who they were. (I'm especially thinking of his Dad's birthday party scene, where he had previously mentioned having at least one sister and one brother.)

I love movies that don't dumb-it-down for the audience. Everything was accounted for and explained, but it didn't hit you over the head with recaps, summaries and explantions. The events just happened and unfolded in their own due time.

I think I love this film even more for treating me as a person with a brain, rather than as an ass in a seat!
I liked that quality as well, similar to what made the narrative for Miami Vice good, despite the fact that it went over most people's heads. It just went along for the ride, it was complicated and didn't stop to spell things out for you or set things up with endless exposition, but it works if you pay attention, not to mention that film's style, acting and action were all well done, but most people were looking for a dumb action movie (it was hindered by keeping the title, and the marketing) but it was a gripping movie, and better on subsequent views.
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It doesn't look like that great a story from the trailer, but I'm curious if it's gotten such high praise, including from members here. I'll definitely see it, then.
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The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the ending (the very final scene), but when you think about it it's appropriate for the movie.
You mean when the credits were rolling? I LOVED that.

One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. I was riveted from the first scene to the last. And I totally agree with Fitz about it assuming the viewer is intelligent. The plot is complicated and yet the writing and direction are so clear that I never once felt confused. Just fantastic film-making, acting, direction, cinematography...everything.
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I guess the point was that he's just leaving and you don't know where he's going and what he's going to do. Maybe I just wanted more resolution.

I loved Michael Clayton, I hope it isn't overlooked at Oscar time. I wonder what the box office is so far, I'll have to look that up. It just doesn't seem like people are going to see adult, intelligent movies in the numbers that they are going to see others. Look at Gone Baby Gone- but maybe some people just don't trust anything that Affleck is associated with. It's a shame, I think it's a fantastic movie.
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I guess the point was that he's just leaving and you don't know where he's going and what he's going to do. Maybe I just wanted more resolution.

I loved Michael Clayton, I hope it isn't overlooked at Oscar time. I wonder what the box office is so far, I'll have to look that up. It just doesn't seem like people are going to see adult, intelligent movies in the numbers that they are going to see others. Look at Gone Baby Gone- but maybe some people just don't trust anything that Affleck is associated with. It's a shame, I think it's a fantastic movie.
I just thought he was processing all that had just happened. It seemed real to me. He probably had no idea at that point what he was going to do.

I agree with you about Gone Baby Gone. I thought it was really good. Young Affleck is a better actor than his brother, imo. Overall I liked it better than the much-acclaimed Mystic River.
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I guess the point was that he's just leaving and you don't know where he's going and what he's going to do. Maybe I just wanted more resolution.

I agree with joyful in I think part of him is just processing everything. But the main thing going through my mind was: I think his life is still in danger.

I mean, he basically just f***ed everyone and everyone . . . some really powerful, powerful people at his old firm. I don't think a huge firm like that is going to sit by and just go down lightly.

So my impression was that he's still in fear. Plus, what's he going to do now? No law firm is ever going to touch him (unless its with a subpoena). So what's he going to do for money, a job? In his financial position he can't really start all over. And he sure as hell can't start all over in New York.

I liked the ending. So many possibilities. So many grey areas . . . just like real life.

"Michale Clayton"
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I saw this. I really enjoyed it, though a few things were confusing. I liked how Michael Clayton was still a self-absorbed jerk and didn't get rid of these qualities by the end of the movie and just want to see his son. You're hoping he'll ask the cab driver to take him to a specific address to see his son, but he doesn't. So often films exaggerate how quickly and easily people change and it's just not realistic. This was very true to life, based on how the character behaved up to that point. It's very sad, though. I also liked how the villain did terrible things, but I didn't hate her because she was under a lot of pressure in a competitive world. It shows how corporations can be inherently evil in the profit-motive behavior they encourage, as shown in the documentary "The Corporation" (2004).

My big brother who's a stressed out lawyer found it quite depressing because it reminded him of all the other lawyers he's known he don't tend to their family, and worried if this future awaited him.
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Michael Clayton

Has anyone seen this brilliant film???
It reminds me of a modern day "Network".
I've never been a huge fan of George Clooney but I must admit I've got a new found respect for him. If you haven't seen this film I highly recommend it.
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By the time I had the time to go see it (and I do like George), it wasn't playing in any theaters within an hour of me I still want to see it very much

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Don't worry, it's up for Best Picture and numerous other oscars so I'm sure it will be back in theaters. If not, there's always DVD. It's a good one - well worth seeing.
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