This week I took a step into my 30 Before 30 list by watching two George Clooney movies (number 23). I chose to balance them by watching one I had seen before and one I had not and I think I may continue with that way of doing things until I am out of ones I have seen.
We started with one of my top 5 all time favorite movies: O Brother, Where Art Thou written and directed by the Cohen Brothers. In this movie they took Homer’s “The Odyssey” and placed it in the middle of the 1930’s and it is genius. Everything about this movie is perfect from the dialogue to the casting to the color treatment of the film. O Brother is the movie the got me started listening to Bluegrass as well and I absolutely love the way the Sirens scene is interpreted.
If you haven’t seen this movie – Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) breaks out of prison (taking the two he is chained to with him) in order to get back to his wife before she marries another. He tells his companions about a treasure that he is seeking and along their journey they encounter Sirens, Baby Face Nelson, a Bible selling Cyclops, radio DJs and Politicians.
O Brother is a perfect example of George Clooney’s impeccable comedic timing as well as his fantastic facial expressions. The rest of the cast includes John Turturro, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, Charles Durning, and Tim Blake Nelson – who are all absolutely incredible as well.
The second film we chose for this week was Michael Clayton, a more serious film.
From IMDB.COM: “Michael Clayton is Mr. Fix-It for his law firm, Kenner, Back and Odeen. A former District Attorney, Clayton uses his contacts in the police and the criminal justice system to bail out the firm’s wealthy corporate clients. When one of the firm’s senior partners, Arthur Edens, has a nervous breakdown while taking a deposition in a lawsuit against a major agrochemicals company, Clayton is dispatched to bring him home. What Clayton soon learns is Edens not only has doubts about defending the lawsuit but that the company may be acting on its own to ensure a positive outcome. Written by garykmcd ”
I really enjoyed Michael Clayton. It has just the right amount of drama and slight dark humor without going too far. Tom Wilkinson is fantastic as Arthur and Tilda Swinton is also excellent.
I am not a film reviewer, these are just my thoughts. Have you seen either of these films? What did you think of them?