There is a fine line that Clooney has perfected in which he can portray the character to believe to be taken seriously, but he is so outrageous and over the top that it is hard for anyone else to keep a straight face. Clooney is the perfect character actor who can be cleverly disguised as the straight man of a comedy duo. This particular style of acting may have been fine tuned during Clooney's working days that he had spent on the hit television show E.R. (1994-2009) when he pulled together the same combination of characteristics for the role of Dr. Doug Ross. If a person was to sit down for a double feature night at home with a couple of DVDs from the film library of Clooney's career I would suggest this film to be paired with any of the following titles if you are interested in a Clooney Dramedy evening. In no particular order the suggested titles would be: Burn After Reading (2008), Leatherheads (2008), and Intolerable Cruelty (2003). My own personal selection would be to combine The Men Who Stare at Goats with Burn After Reading, but I maybe swayed into another selection if the material is just right. Anyway, here is the video clip that I was describing earlier.
"The Predator" from The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
It is with an easy possibility that I am giving too much attention to George Clooney in this review, but I must also point out that he would not have been so good in this film if he did not have an amazing cast to work along side with for the film. Ewan McGregor offers a tremendous amount of skill to the film that works very well for all of the scenes between him and George Clooney. The two of them seem to have played off the other person's performance like a catcher and a pitcher would do in a baseball game. Ewan's character, Bob Wilton, serves as the narrator and translator for Clooney's character, Lyn Cassady.
The supporting characters are just as memorable of a performance as those done by the lead actors. The performance from Jeff Bridges as the hippie military man Bill Django shows a subtle hint of The Dude, but still he was very cool and sly with his passivised character. Kevin Spacey does his usual roundabout as the "chip on his shoulder" character Larry Hooper who is always seeking a way to be the king of the hill. Also, there is one of the most overlooked character actors that absolutely needs to be noticed. Stephen Lang appears as Brigadier General Dean Hopgood and he rounds out the cast of performers in this film with such a unique style that it completes the film very well.