Cutting satire from Jason Reitman who also wrote the screenplay,
and he directs an excellent cast, some in blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos.
Aaron Eckhart is every inch the unscrupulous and single-minded PR wiz,
sauntering through a slightly chaotic series of episodes, surrounded by a host
of well drawn characters. The scenes featuring the cabal of Eckhart, Mario
Bello (booze) and David Koechner (guns) are biting, and a triumvirate of Robert
Duval, JK Simmons and William H. Macy provide the gravitas (sort of!). As if
that wasn't enough to keep your attention, there are appearances by Sam Elliot,
Rob Lowe, Dennis Miller and Todd Louiso. Katie Holmes plays reporter with her
sights on the protagonist well enough. All in all it's an entertaining piece
and should get the grey cells going, but for Reitman it perhaps serves best as
a warm up for what followed, namely 'Juno' then 'Up in the Air'.
...to my blog, a scatterbrained journey from one random thought to the next. I make no apologies for this, it's the way we are. Why blog? It seems a bit egotistical at first thought, however I suppose it is, like anything else, about communicating with people, opinions, ideas, suggestions, mostly on the usual areas of creativity (music, film, photography, writing). Hackneyed? No, because these are the ways that we express ourselves, whether the language is ours or someone else's.