At what? How so?
if you dont like it turn of your filmstudies mind.Just let it flow,because that what it does,it flows. I think it was a brutal, gritty film about how desperate people can be done by weaving many little scenes to create microcosm of america in it's downfall.All done by one of the most exciting young directors around. The only thing that makes me sad is it'll be another 5 years till' i get another film from him. 4.5./5
This was barely a movie. Slight and meandering plot, extremely heavhanded and obvious social commentary and sometimes terrible dialogue. Had this been made by a newcomer with an unknown cast I might have been more forgiving, but considering the talent involved, this was boring and almost terrible.
I love Andrew Dominic's style of directing, very visual and visceral, nicely photographed which he showcased in The Assassination of Jesse James. Killing Them Softly is very dialogue driven, in some cases it works in this film but I found that it was bogged down with a little to much of it. I am kinda disappointed as I was looking forward to seeing this, it's kinda boring and drags in some parts with very little action happening. I thought the acting was pretty great, standouts were Pitt and Mendolsohn.Also, I could have sworn Scoot Mcnairy was doing a dead impression of Casey Affleck, maybe its just me.
Andrew Dominick's cynical vision of a money-driven America pares down capitalism to its basest components through the lens of a collapsing mob economy. About as subtle as a sledgehammer, Dominick laces the film with blatant symbolism, playing quotes from Presidents Bush and Obama under many scenes to parallel the 2008 economic crisis with the acts of political thugs and criminals. Nice try but no cigar.
Underwhelming & contrived, save for a few scenes, the film appears to suffer from two main problems. Firstly, the actors feel like they've been forced to stick to a script heavily weighted by exposition, thus hindering their ownership of the words. Secondly, the film statement on 'Business' that comes at the end is not enough of a pay-off or is not the right fit to justify the film used to sell it. 2.5 stars
i liked dominik's "jesse james" well enough (despite its silly hero mythology) and i loved george higgins' "the friends of eddie coyle," so i was pretty game for this. it's awful. higgins' easy-breezy narrative is replaced with camera gymnastics, fanboy catnip and sophomoric political allegories. a reminder that TV has surpassed movie-making in the U.S. a sub-par episode of "justified" is infinitely more rewarding.
Heavy handed to the point of being laughable. I'll go 2.5 because of the acting and the cinematography.
I really liked this film until the last scene, until the last line, until the final words. Then I realized I loved it.
As the film opened, I felt genuine excitement. It seemed like Andrew Dominik had a fresh - and surprisingly funny - take on the gangster genre, reinventing these criminal types as workaday shclubs who can't catch a break. Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn make for a wonderfully offbeat pair; they might just remind you of your broke or drug-addled friends. However, Dominik seems to lose his way (and the audience) as the film progresses. He overpowers the soundtrack with political news radio and televised speeches. In fact, the problem may not be the background noise itself but the fact that it's mixed so damn loud! "Killing Them Softly" registers as a narrow misfire, but it's still likely worth a watch for fans of the director.
The story requires the minimalist sensibility of Melville, but Dominik invests everything in words and loses impact. Doesn't match up to Friends of Eddie Coyle.
Regardless of your stance on this film's dialogue, Melville is by no means a "minimalist" writer. His prose is the antithesis of minimalism: absolutely baroque and extravagant. Maybe Hemingway would've been a more suitable name for what you're referring to (although film and literature are completely different mediums).
If for nothing else, it is one of the best photographed movies of 2012. I will be keeping tabs on Greig Fraser's work (consider the stunning contrast between this and Zero Dark Thirty) after seeing this. Same goes for Scoot McNairy's future work as well.
The first scene seems like the work of a visionary, but those same politicking soundbites wear thin later in the film. However, when it sticks to its characters it possesses an awesome sense of woozy sadness and decay, of men talking in cars and bars, and finding it is only death that resolves anything.
Of course it's unsubtle. Every character is a story of failure. Gandolfini is bloated, grotesque, almost a tumorous figure. Ray "always wanted to be a gangster" Liotta drifts through with deadened eyes and bruised flesh. Jenkins is as banal and familiar as he is repulsive. Mendelsohn lives because he fades, retreats into a drug haze. Here is the city upon the hill; this is what came of the great test of human nature.
Killing Them Softly's a slick, thoroughly impressive & beautifully-directed mob tale mirroring the recent economic meltdown. The story's all in the dialogue & details with zero glamour & a shitload of grit. The characters & acting are nothing short of magnificent & anytime someone gets fucked up you're in for a real treat. The icing on the cake was Brad Pitt's final speech. I wish I saw this in the theater.