Okay, how about we let the videos do the introductions:
A wacky comedy about the Afghanistan War! Why didn’t we think of this one first? This is why Hollywood people are so rich. Because they’re so smart.
We don’t know… maybe we’re being too rough on it. Let’s hear what Mr. Press Release has to say.
“This Memorial Day Weekend – War Machine Hits Netflix!
A film for our times, this satire takes on hot-shot General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt), a man caught up in a modern-day war machine that keeps on churning, seemingly to no end.”
“[W]riter-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by his own hubris and a journalist’s no-holds-barred expose.”
“War Machine addresses the debt we owe to soldiers to question the purposes to which they are being directed.”
It does? Because it sure doesn’t look like it does.
We could be totally wrong on this one because the promotional material is kind of all over the map. Is it a hilarious satire or is it asking important questions about modern war? There’s no reason it can’t be both, but they’re coming down awfully hard on the comedy parts.
Pitt’s giving kind of an odd performance here. The voice and body language doesn’t feel remotely natural. Oh, and what’s with literally 2 seconds of Tilda Swinton in the trailer? That right there is suspect.
[Photo Credit: Netflix – Video Credit: Netflix via YouTube.com]