Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Good Shepherd

I watched "The Good Shepherd" Sunday night. It tells how the CIA was formed and, if true, it's no wonder the organization, and I use the term loosely, is so inept. From the very beginning, they couldn't even trust each other. The agents kept admonishing each other, "You can't trust anybody." So, I didn't.

The movie starts in the 1960s, with the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Someone in the "Company", as I believe they like to call it, leaked the information about the invasion.

Then, it flashes back to the '40s, when the CIA was being formed. Matt Damon's character was one of the first agents. There was a lot of suggestion that the Company was headed by Yale graduates, Skull and Bones members, in particular. Even so, "You can't trust anybody."

Then, a flash forward and more speculation about the leak.

Then, a flashback to a time when Matt Damon was a student at Yale, and he turns in his poetry professor for plaigiarism, and inadvertently blows his cover as a spy. A double-agent, I think.

By this time, I was co confused! I didnt' know whether to do the foxtrot or the bugaloo, so to speak. I lost track of the era. But, I hung in there, thinking all would be made clear before the movie was over.

It was another one of those conversations:

Me: Is this during the '60s?

Jay: Yes.

Me.: Now, is this back in the '40s?

Jay Yes.

Me: Where are we, now?

Jay: The '40's.

Me: Is he a bad guy or a good guy?

Jay: Just. Watch. The Movie.

And, maybe it's just me, but I think they're going to have to come up with a better way to depict "sinister". Keeping the lights off just isn't going to catch it. They ought to talk to Spielberg and find out how he uses light to set the mood. At least, you can usually see the characters' faces in his movies.

All in all, though, I think it was a good movie. But, I still don't trust 'em.


Cazzie!!! said...

So, should we watch it or not?

Nancy said...

Hi Betty,

I agree with you re the trend of some film directors to photograph the picture in such low light that it is almost impossible to follow the plot. I have seen several recently including "The DaVinci Code" that were so dark you had to guess what was happening on the screen. The "IN" people in Hollywood probably think this is Art with a capital A but to me it is just bad film making.

her indoors said...

i am the one asking the questions at our house, at least Jay doesn't shout at you!!!

Betty said...

Cazzie: Sure, go ahead and watch it. It's a good movie.

Hi, Nancy: Thanks for the comment.

Her Indoors: Jay doesn't shout much, except during sporting events, and then he's shouting at the tv screen. But, he does have that rolling of the eyes down pat.

CarmenSinCity said...

I thought that movie was boring as hell. I hated it.

Annie said...

I'm such a luddite when it comes to movies. I remember going to movies about 10 years ago and coming home disgusted that I'd just wasted both time and money. So I quit going. I like to read your reviews, though. Usually I just rest comfortable that I didn't give movies another try.

Arkansas Songbird said...

The Good Shepherd is on my list of movies I want to see. I guess I'll have to trust you when you say it is a good one!