The truth can be adjusted
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Once in a while, you find a movie that you can embrace fully, a movie you can claim as your own, a movie that’s perfect in every imaginable way – and the realization it’s perfect for you and perhaps not for many others makes it all that more valuable.
This is my most recent such a movie. I remember buying the excellent soundtrack a couple days before (I do that sometimes), and I remember being oddly excited to see the movie despite not knowing much about it – which is usually the death knell, raised expectations and all that. But not this time.
The performances, cinematography, editing, music, everything is spot on – from the opening scene to the prolonged…
Tony Gilroy wrote and directed this intelligent and conspiracy laden drama with little fanfare. What he does is let a host of top quality actors guide us through the murky world of class action lawsuits and unscrupulous multi-nationals.
Michael Clayton is a "fixer" for a huge New York law firm. Played effortlessly by George Clooney,this is possibly one of his finest ever performances. Clooney's confidence has always been a major tool in his acting arsenal and this is used to great effect. However this confidence is tinged with a vulnerability that makes this role one to remember.Focusing on a potentially damaging breakdown by a colleague,Clooney is charged with controlling the fallout. Tom Wilkinson again gives another worthy show as a…
This film could have easily been boring, but this ended up being a really compelling watch. What makes it all so interesting, aside from a very intriguing story, is the dialogue. The dialogue is king in this film. The dialogue is delivered with so much intensity as well as a lot of subtlety while being laced with intrigue you can't help but get caught up into the film. You also get some really great performances especially coming from George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Wilkinson who all turn in some of their best work. All in all, thanks to a solid sharp script, good suspense, and fantastic acting, this ended up being a really great and captivating dramatic thriller.
Michael Clayton is a superbly edited & complex suspense drama.
If you like to really participate in your film viewing and love a good mystery then this is a film for you. You do need to put a lot in to get a lot out of this film but if you give it your undivided attention, you will be pleasantly rewarded with an understated, character driven story full of intrigue. With some fantastic performances, especially from George Clooney and Tilda Swinton who both really drive this film. Some say it’s too slow but for me the pace is perfect for digesting the characters stories and to really get inside their problems, dilemmas and in some cases, their sadness.
Clooney really makes…
If there is a film out there which proves quite simply that George Clooney is a fantastic actor who is more than deserving of his status, this is it.
The final 2 minutes of this film are outstanding, as are the performances from a very fragile Swinton and Wilkinson. These performances are made only better by the breathtaking cinematography gifted to us from Robert Elswit and James Newton Howard's exceptional score.
This sheer brilliance of this film isn't obvious and there from the beginning to the end, it creeps up on you and sits with you while the credits roll, wow.
Part of my attempt at The December Project.
It's thanks to my Dad that I watched this, having been bothering me to watch it for months on end. Now that I've finally gotten round to seeing it, I see why. It's a marvel to watch in almost all areas of film making, in particular acting and writing. The three lead characters are played by George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson all of whom are absolutely at the top of their game here. Each delivers a performance so understated and genuine that they achieve what is so rare in films, a performance that wipes your mind of all knowledge that you are watching an actor.
The writing as well is…
The acting in this movie is nearly flawless, if not completely flawless. George Clooney does a great job as Michael Clayton, a "janitor" who cleans up other people's messes. For me, this took a little long getting into the story and was a little hard to figure out what was happening, but the last 45 minutes just took off. Everything began to fall into place and started to make sense, and it turned this movie into a intriguing thriller. Great ending to this one as well.
A law firm fixer with personal problems of his own is caught in the middle of a corporate multi-billion-dollar lawsuit. Very cliched narrative that doesn't sink because of it's stellar cast.
Ok-ish. Clooney is good, but not the easiest watch while working!
Micheal Clayton is a movie that will require your attention from beggining to end in order for you to put the pieces together. It is a very intelligent film, but it is slow paced. George Clooney is Micheal Clayton, a fixer for a very important law firm. he is very good at what he does, but seems discontent with the life he is living and to make matters worse he is also in debt. His friend, who is a bit mad, Arther (Tom Wilkinson) is a lawyer for the same firm and realizes that one of the firms clients is hiding something and Clayton will have to make the decision of fixing the problem or listening to his friend. Clooney´s performance is Oscar worthy. Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton both give terrific performances as well and their nominations are well deserved as well. Overall it is an excellent film and one that will have you thinking.
A superb, slow-building thriller with a surprising dedication to the subtly of its plotting. Nothing in this film feels overblown or theatrical, rather a cool elegance permeates the film.
Clooney is as brilliant in this as he has been in anything else, the contrast of Clayton's cool on the surface demeanour and his outbursts of aggression play right into Clooney's style, while still feeling like a new move for the actor. Wilkinson's performance is magnetically intense, exuding charisma and a directness that makes me wish he was in more films and roles of this calibre. Swinton - although a little underused - captures the clinical madness of her role fantastically and her understated performance makes her the perfect antagonist for…
This isn't a movie that condescends to an audience with obvious exposition, attention is required. The final shot of George Clooney in the cab is utterly brilliant, it reminds the audience that while this was a movie, it is also a reality. James Newton Howard delivers a subtle and compelling score which he got an Oscar nod for. Focusing on Tilda Swinton's character in such a realistic and vulnerable way was genius; it gives us an insight into her place in corporate America, the ambition she has and the expectations placed upon her.
One of the great scripted endings. Five pages of dialogue that tie everything together and erase a few sins. Clooney's best role not named Danny Ocean.
A tidy film, a good yarn, well made, modest, an honest flick and what have you - entertaining - did it give me a little bit of thrill like marvellous movies can? - not really. And I don't think anyone smiled in this entire film. I love the anxious talking boy and his relationship with his dad - their love evident and real.
Expertly acted, directed, and written dramatic thriller.