Here at the LT, we just can’t seem to escape from the attorney world even on the weekend. So, much as an associate might spend those precious free days poring over depositions, Sunday evening movie night turned lawyerly with the new law firm film Michael Clayton.
And true to the rave reviews from critics, Clayton, (played by Hollywood’s dream machine George Clooney) has good taste. That’s right, he reads Legal Times. He has a copy on his desk.
But even with Clayton’s estimable choice in reading material, he seems to be lacking in job satisfaction. Sure, he works for a top New York law firm and drives around in the firm’s Mercedes S-Class sedan, working magic for his fellow attorneys’ trouble-ridden clients. Yet he see himself as a glorified janitor who can’t even make equity partner. Sound familiar?
Despite his special counsel status, Clayton is called upon to “fix” all of the firm’s nasty little problems, including troubles surrounding a $3 billion class action lawsuit. Not to bust any plot bubbles or anything.
The film is smart, has solid acting, an engaging storyline, and a decent number of scenes with Clooney staring off into the distance. The LT office poll says go see this movie at the theater. And, no, it’s not just because of the product placement.