This REALLY didn't land for me. Full of a cocky-cool but ultimately dated style. Perhaps I'm just simply not the target audience for this type of thing but it fell flat. Lacking anything really poetic and possible for me I was instead lost in a maze of jargon and baby boomer fear and insecurity.
Fantastic transfer of Mamet's play onto the screen with a superior cast led by legendary J.Lemmon. The punchy and profane dialogue is elevated to great heights by the all male cast, suitable to the phallocentric 'Logos' of the profit-motive culture. This is war-of-all-against all and on this score Baldwin's bully scene early in the film is already a piece of anthology. Perfect performances in a despairing universe.
Top-stars performing like on a relay race; a relay of soloists. Excellent dialogues. It's rather a stage play than a movie. It's about men who have to survive in a 'dog-eat-dog' workplace environment. They have to perform, no matter what. Since they can't, we witness how they give in to their worst instincts. This is about hell on earth in an office & about greed, materialism & losers. You either like it or hate it.
Glengarry Glen Ross has perhaps one of the most impressive ensemble casts of all time. Not only do you have Pacino and Lemmon in two of there best roles. But you also have Harris, Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce and of course Alec Baldwin! This cast is an embarrassment of riches! My only complaint is that I don't really connect with the story. Personally I just don't find the actual plot to be that engaging.