I’m not a fan of Clooney but he keeps making films I want to watch, this is the third in recent years I’ve enjoyed; Michael Clayton (saw that almost 4 years ago to the day in San Francisco, also on my birthday weekend) and The Men Who Stare at Goats, a ridiculous idea turned into a hilarious movie.
The draw to this one is my little thing for American politics but The West Wing this isn’t. It’s slower, not as quick witted and less of a story in all its 101 minutes than the West Wing had in its short 60 minute segments. Clooney plays the Democrat running for Presidential candidacy and Gosling (again, he’s everywhere) his campaign manager who finds out something about his Boss he needs to smooth over but the press have already got hold of it; something about an intern with a powerful political figures as a father, blah blah blah.
It has a good cast; Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman brilliant in opposite political camps and the fantastic Marisa Tomei playing the only (NY Times) reporter who seems allowed in. Alas, I see it far too late in the evening and have to keep fidgeting in my seat just to stay away. All I’m saying is it should have done more.
Smile factor 5/10