"Look! We got people from Italy, and Spain, and places like that." Thank God for the Americans who are bringing "democracy" to those countries that most need it. The Glenimal/General Stanley McChrystal's biggest delusion was to believe that he could win the war for the Rolling Stone cover against Lady Gaga. Tilda Swinton says "Look, the Emperor is naked!" but the Yankees never learn. What's next? Iran? Syria?
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 too 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
Nonostante la sceneggiatura abbastanza scarsa, il lato riguardante la critica satirica dell'atteggiamento celodurista americano è ben strutturato. Lo stereotipato generale fa la figura della pedina esaltata in una scacchiera gigante, un membro impotente, assunto o licenziato come un comune dipendente o un allenatore di calcio, evidenziando l'inutilità della guerra che sta combattendo. Kingsley e Pitt brillanti.