When it comes to marketing, in big blockbusters, most of the time, it’s either spoiler filed or flat out misleading in tone and quality. Such examples can be Suicide Squad, The Bourne Legacy, and now, War Dogs. Not to be mistaken, I thought War Dogs was a great film. It’s one of those rare examples of marketing that misleads the audience, but helps with the emotional impact in the end. The thing is, War Dogs is not a huge drug filled, swear filled, and fun filled film then you would believe from its marketing. War Dogs has the editing and tone of The Big Short, mixed in with some elements of Scorsese and De Palma.
Some of these elements can be seen through character motivations and actions such as Jonah Hill’s character, Efraim, who is basically a sneaky lunatic bastard. And based on the story, is the villain of the plot, seen by Miles Teller’s character, David. Jonah Hill plays the character of Efraim with perfection, and always makes me smiles, when his character (or persona) gives out a hilarious laugh that is quite indescribable. Just imagine, a dying llama, mixed with Mark Hamill’s joker laugh. As for Miles, he’s decent. He has a solid performance with some memorable moments, and at the end of the day, you care about him. Just not in an impactful way. And this leads up to my complaints.
At times, the film is predictable and cliché, unlike The Big Short, which actually attempted to shy away from those elements. To be specific, I’m talking about the last 30 minutes of the film, and all the scenes involving David’s wife (played by Ana de Armas.) Those scenes are just so plain, compared to the rest of the film. Their just ordinary scenes that you would most likely see in a boring biopic, or by the numbers drama. And this doesn’t help for Ana de Armas, whose performance wasn’t strong in the first place. Yeah, she’s convincibly pretty, but with her heavy accent and delivery of lines, it just felt so out of place. As for the rest of the film, War Dogs is an entertaining intelligent blockbuster, with some well-directed cinematography and action, appropriate music choices, good performances, and a stellar script. I do hope other huge studios would follow this film as an example. To keep it simple, the film is like the main two characters. Legendary.
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