"Look! We got people from Italy, and Spain, and places like that." Thank God for the Americans who are bringing "democracy" to countries in need. The Glenimal/General Stanley McChrystal's biggest delusion was to believe he could win the war for the Rolling Stone cover against Lady Gaga. Tilda Swinton mentions that the Emperor is naked, but the Yankees never learn. Brace yourself for new "deals" in Iran, Syria, Yemen.
Whenever Brad Pitt feels the urge to scratch his character actor itch - especially aligned with attempts at comedy - all cinematic hell breaks loose. Crooked eyebrows, jutting jaws, 'funny' walks and 'hilarious' voices do not make comedy gold, especially as these tics are wildly inconsistent. It's telling that his best recent role was as the handsome cipher in World War Z. (And tell Clooney while you're at it.)
Good points made - counter-insurgency doesn't work, war is futile (tragicomic satirical tone) and the concept of 'winning' in war is impossible. As a satire, it's hit-and-miss but there is enough commitment to the message to redeem any flaws inherent in its execution.
A great satire of the military industrial complex in America, everyone looks like fool here, no one is spared. I don't get the hate on this one, was it the netflix stigma or did it hit too close to home?
This is martini-dry humour and I thought Pitt has great. It's a lovely comment on the inanity of war in general but also the sheer shortsightedness of trying to fix the problems created by a capitalist and globalised world by jumping into the backyards of other countries. There's also great tongue-poking at spin doctoring and the all pervasive modern media. 3.5 stars
I loved the dry humour in this and how it showed that the current state of the military industrial complex is really so ludicrous you have to laugh or else you'd cry. This film makes fun of the whole thing along the lines of Dr. Strangelove which saw the reality as similarly ludicrous.