"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.)
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
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.
First the good: It doesn't succumb to the Frankie Boyle joke that America will come and destroy your country then make a film about how it made their soldiers cry. Now, the Brad: Oh yes, he's terrible. Is it a comedy? A satire? A piece of reportage? A portrait of hubris? Who the fuck knows - because Brad gives a performance only slightly worse than the one he gave in that Chanel ad. It's just all over the place.
"Ah, America. You beacon of composure and proportionate response, you bringer of calm and goodness to the world... What do you do when the war you're fighting just can't possibly be won in any meaningful sense? Well, obviously, you sack the guy not winning it and you bring in some other guy. In 2009, that war was Afghanistan, and that other guy... was Glen"
Is this a comedy? Veep almost loses me each week with its soullessness and nihilism, but its funny enough to hold. I don't know if there is even an attempted joke in this 'satire'. Is it even a movie? It plays more as a filmed version of a rant, a video essay that, while accurate, makes no new points. Is this the same Michod?
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.
Not good. Seems like it will be in the first 30 but then just lies there and does nothing. Then a shoehorn a battle scene into it. Shame. Hate the trend of last 10?Yrs or so of a young director putting out a classic/great film,showing promise, then bought up by a actor producing his own vanity project and/or Hollywood machine in need of help for a blockbuster property.Ruins their track record. AK didn't deserve this