The Buzz Kill crew was nice enough to grant me a small reprieve from the basement to enjoy the summer sunshine and the company of a special someone who seems to be gone more than present. Unfortunately, the summer is over and Richard has sadistically locked me back in the basement. Everything is where I have left it. Deep Thought has a layer of dust covering it, the mop is still lying on the floor ignoring me, and the TV is glowing a brilliant blue, beckoning me like a moth to a flame.
Anyone in the military can tell you that combining hippies and soldiers is either the making of a comedy or tragedy. Unfortunately, for “Men Who Stare at Goats” it was neither. “Men Who Stare at Goats” has a fantastic cast starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey.
The movie follows Bob Wilton (McGregor) a reporter and jilted husband from small town America. To escape his marriage woes Bob travels to war torn Iraq to report the war effort. Unfortunately, he cannot get out of Kuwait until he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney) an ex-soldier of the New Earth Army, an unofficial branch of the US military that uses psychic warfare. Intrigued by Lyn’s story about the New Earth Army, Bob convinces Lyn to take him with him on his secret mission in Iraq.
The plot is forever changing with its laughable attempt to combine military action to hippie trippy agendas. Viewers will often feel lost and left with the growing sense that the writers have never ventured onto a military base and were high when they wrote the story. “Men Who Stare at Goats” could have been a great attempt at humorous satire, but the wondering plots and the dismal chemistry between the actors was a disappointment considering the notoriety of its cast list.
Well… that felt like a total waste of time. Wonder if Deep Thought is up for a quest?