Michael Clayton Being Re-Released in January
by Alex Billington
January 21, 2008
One of my favorite movies of 2007 is getting a second chance in the theaters. Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney and written/directed by first-time filmmaker Tony Gilroy, is being re-released on January 25th in approximately 1000 theaters across North America. Despite that it actually made $39 million in theaters during its October run last year, Warner Brothers has decided to push it out there again given all of the recent nominations and awards it has received. And let's take a guess and say that we might see it in the Oscar nominations that arrive this Tuesday.
Michael Clayton was originally released on October 5th last year and expanded into more theaters on October 12th. It has been named to more than 100 critics' top-ten lists, including our own Ken Evans. Writer/director Tony Gilroy has received nominations by the Directors Guild of America and Writers Guild of America and the cast members have also received nominations by the Screen Actors Guild. In addition, Michael Clayton garnered five BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson), Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton), Best Screenplay (Tony Gilroy) and Best Editing (John Gilroy). It also received four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Picture - Drama, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson) and Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton).
Instead of listing out more random awards from around the world, I'm going to tell my own story about my experience seeing Michael Clayton. After seeing it for the first time back in September before the Toronto Film Festival, I absolutely loved it. I thought it was a brilliant legal film with great performances and an intricate plot. After I returned home from the Toronto Film Festival, I had the opportunity to see it again. Now here's where my situation had changed - at that point I was in the thick of a legal battle regarding the business end of the site. I had just met with some lawyers and was trying to figure everything out, which was all under way when I went to see Michael Clayton for the second time.
I'll tell you, the experience watching Michael Clayton with an actual legal battle on your back is vastly different. By the end of the movie I was off-edge and was a nervous wreck. It changed my mood entirely and although I still loved it because of how realistic it became, it had actually affected me in reality. I had never experienced such a drastic effect from a movie before and it still resonates with me today. This just goes to show how realistically portrayed and well-made Michael Clayton is - enough make a drastic impact on my own life.