Who doesn’t love a war comedy? Come on, really? Think about the solid quality war comedies that are out in the world: Dr. Strangelove, Tropic Thunder, M*A*S*H, Good Morning, Vietnam, Hot Shots!, In the Army Now, War Dogs, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…
I’m just kidding, out of that list, I would only say that 3 of them are decently made: Dr. Strangelove, M*A*S*H, and Good Morning, Vietnam. Only one is a straight up comedy first and war second, M*A*S*H.
War is difficult to film; to have a good war movie it has to be more than just shoot ’em up bang bang with lots of explosions; then when you attempt to put comedy into it and we can take an unexpected journey into a horrible horrible movie from a concept that had started with a good idea, and then said “I’ve got a good idea, let’s add some funny bits to it”. That always ends well.
So, is this Netflix/Brad Pitt outing more in line with old skool War Comedy, or is it getting into the new War Comedy, which is more inline with War Dogs, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
An absurdist war story for our times, writer-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 exploration 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 a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé. ~ IMDb