A: A corporate law firm's 'fixer' (George Clooney) starts to realize that he's on the wrong side of the law.
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Micheal O'Keefe, Austin Williams
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Go! This is one of those movies that doesn't seem all that special at first, but eventually builds to such a good ending that the rest ends up feeling worth it.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: An intelligent wit can be found in much of the dialogue.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: No... But if it were a true story it would... And I'm not saying it's not a true story when you change the names and compare it to similar people and things going on in our world... But it's actually not a true story.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: It's the reason I'm reviewing it now! Call it the Comeback Kid, if you will, but this film which nobody disliked, and yet not many people saw when it first hit theaters, seems to be gaining the most beneficial resurgence from its nominations for 7 Academy Awards, including all the big ones.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Tilda Swinton are all nominated for Oscars for their performances. Tom Wilkinson is the most deserving of the nomination, but if you look at the competition, Tilda Swinton is the only one with even the slightest chance of winning her category.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: For a first time director, this is quite an accomplishment. Tony Gilroy does a wonderful job with the actors-- as noted by the fact that they all got Oscar Noms-- but the camera style, while completely competent, doesn't have a voice of its own. In other words, if I went to see his next directing effort, without knowing he was the director, there is no chance that I would walk out saying, "That was a Tony Gilroy film," as what it is to be a 'Tony Gilroy Film' has yet to be defined.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: The last scene is a compelling roller-coaster ride of convoluted logic. But I have some complaints about the rest. For example, I would have liked to see Michael Clayton doing his job more. You know, 'fixing things.' There was an opportunity to show us how clever he is, but instead of showing his genius, the script only talks about it. Also, there seemed to be a lot of deep meaning wrapped up in the book, "Realm and Conquest," which Clayton's son, Henry is reading, and which he talks about ad nauseam, and convinces Tom Wilkinson's character to read; but whatever the deep meaning was, I missed its relevance. And although the first half of the movie is put to good use at the end, (not to be redundant but), wasn't there a way to make the first half of the movie play a little less boring and redundant?
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