Nov 3, 2008

Wiwille's movie reviews part 62

I avoided Michael Clayton for a long time. Although I heard nothing but praise for the film I just wasn't interested in seeing another drama about a law firm. While the subject matter can be interesting most films that tackle this subject fall easily into formula.

This movie far surpassed my expectations.

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) plays a 'janitor' for a law firm entrenched in a six year long class action suit. A fixer of sorts he solves problems arising from legal action, but never from inside a courtroom. Recently he's been asked to keep a lawyer under control after said counsel displayed his mental illness by stripping down at a deposition and chasing a plaintiff out into the snow.

Struggling to keep his friend under wraps while keeping his personal life from crumbling Michael attempts to maintain his loyalty to his work. Michael learns of the disturbed lawyer's possession of a document that may cost the firm the case. Michael's attempts to get through to him fail and the defendant is growing impatient with the firm's inability to keep things under wraps.

Michael Clayton is one of the finest acted films I've seen in quite some time. Every actor gives a great performance. The editing is paced well and I can't say enough about the dialogue. The director did an amazing job of making what is a tired formula into an excellent thriller that trusts it's audiences' intellect. It's refreshing.

Thanks to Mattbear for submitting this. Wanna see a film reviewed by Wiwille? Drop me an email or comment and you'll see it soon on Erik's Ramblings. Rules are posted here.

"While the plot is complex in the telling, it unfolds onscreen with propulsive fascination." - Geoff Pevere

1 comment:

Mattbear said...

Glad you liked it. I too felt it rose above most Law Firm/Courtroom dramas, and definitely benefitted from never actually enter the courtroom.