No matter how you look at it, Grant Heslov’s The Men Who Stare at Goats is a little different from what we’re used to. That’s not to say that the film is bad, far from it, but from the get go the audience is informed that, “more of this is true than you would believe,” and with the basic premise of how the army has created peace-loving-super-soldiers, able to use their mind to kill goats, it’s such a bizarre story that I wouldn’t past it past our government to actually try something like this. And for what it’s worth, for people who might be interested, people such as myself, the movie was adapted from Jon Ronson’s nonfiction book entitled, you guessed it, The Men Who Stare at Goats.
That said, the movie itself is quite enjoyable, with George Clooney being his usual wacky self, as a psychic warrior, along with the impressive cast of Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, and Ewan McGregor. Every character in the movie adds a little something, with Spacey and Bridges playing the sorts of roles that have become expected of them. McGregor himself, while likable, is somewhat dull, not standing out too much, but instead seems to serve the purpose of the man who guides the audience through what is happening.
Regardless, the idea is extremely interesting and if I knew how, I would probably look into it more. If you’re looking for something that is not quite ordinary, then here’s your movie for the weekend. Still, lest it be told that in no way, shape, or form, is this film confusing or even very thought provoking, unless your thoughts range from “how can I train myself to kill defenseless animals with the power of my mind?” I’m pretty sure goats would have something to say about this movie though.