With the length and pedigree of Robert DeNiro’s ‘The Good Shepherd‘ (167 minutes), the film seems to be a self-conscious effort to create a Godfather-like epic for the WASP-Intelligence set. With Matt Damon in the lead as a fictionalized version of CIA co-founder James Jesus Angleton, it would have, more properly been executed as a tightly edited 2-hour feature and saved the ‘Director’s Cut’ extravaganza for DVD.
The structure of the thing, with its multiple flashbacks and interleaved storylines – personal and Global Politik – by ‘Munich‘ writer Eric Roth – does the audience no favors, as the first hour cuts back and forth between Washington D.C., Berlin, London, WWII, the Bay of Pigs and some African insurgency some-when, some where.
So, the CIA was founded 50 years ago by a bunch of Yalie, Skull-and-Crossbones, antisemitic, racist, white guys (and – I couldn’t help but reflect, only 6 years to decimate, by one of their ‘own’). [Read more →]