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Michael Clayton

Post by Kazu » Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:00 am

Man, this is shaping up to be an amazing year for films. Just when I thought I knew which films would be my favorites at year's end, Michael Clayton comes out of nowhere and knocks me on my ass. For the kind of film this is- that being a sophisticated legal thriller about the moral and ethical choices people make in the business world- it is an immaculate piece of work, and the best of its kind since The Verdict. This is a big year for the film's director and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who also wrote the screenplays for the Bourne trilogy. Not only has he done what very few have accomplished before by penning a perfectly-written trilogy, but he has also delivered a tour-de-force film in his directorial debut. Michael Clayton is the kind of film that I would drool over in film analysis class, and I could tell that everyone I went to the theater with was itching to talk about the film afterwards. Anyway, I'll just end this by saying that I highly recommend catching a screening. Also, remember to walk in ready to do some heavy thinking and make sure you see it all the way to the very end.
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Post by SonOfaRich » Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:13 am

Aw man, I hope you don't mean till after the rolling credits are over, because I left in the middle of that.

It was a good film. Not sure if I would put it up there with "The Verdict", but there are definitely elements of the film that I really liked. The cinematography is beautiful. Some very nice compositions and lighting.
The bad guys are the most "professional" I have ever seen. In one scene, it was so intense I don't think I even breathed. The acting was top notch especially by Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and always Sydney Pollack. Great opening sequence too.

If anyone likes these legal thrillers, definitely check out the F/X tv show, "Damages". It's very similar to "Michael Clayton", but with a bit more drama. Glenn Close goes all out in that show and Ted Danson is amazing in it.
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