Apparently, a large number of Americans are unaware that we have been fighting several nasty wars on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for nearly two decades. The insane part of this is not the loss of lives, property or the reputation of the United States--it's that the awful truth has revealed that deep down, a large percentage of Americans just don't care about other people, don't care about good government, don't care about puppies or flowers or fresh baked cookies. A large number of Americans seem to be unplugged in some fundamental way. Soul-less. This movie restores <more>
a little very little of my faith in my fellow McDonald's eaters. The outright horror of Afghanistan is portrayed as a joke, because, dad-gummit, showing Kirk Douglas raging at generals and three sorry dupes being shot in cold blood "to encourage the others" just doesn't have the same punch it used to have. People used to expect a cocktail to be mixed with pride by a skilled bartender. Now, if it doesn't contain a severed finger it's good to go. Our ability to judge our own lives is now suspect. This film dares to aim a punch straight at the nose of the al-mighty. If it misses just a little--well, ten out of ten for the effort. I could not stand to watch another sappy piece of propaganda showing some babe-a-licious soldiers doing their duty in some god-forsaken part of Southern California while wondering "what is it all for" aloud. It's not for anything. This whole place is out of order. You're out of order. At one time, being "anti-war" was normal for Americans. Now, things are worse. It's a mess, and it gets worse every day. We have to do something. If present trends continue, then some clownish general will roll down Pennsylvania Avenue and arrest the government. WAKE UP. Films like this are small but vital steps in the right direction. Brad Pitt did the right thing here. We need to end illegal wars and stop crimes against humanity in the name of the people of the U.S.A.
This film will generate anger because it throws a "deadpan" brick directly towards cultural dysfunction and mass delusion. "War Machine," and Brad Pitt, even exceeded the deadpan message of "Being There" a film from a less cynical time in history but still relevant to this day. "War Machine" does a great job illustrating how disconnected the every-man has become in relation to reality. We live in a time where facts are now selectively chosen to support forgone perspectives rather than being absolute, universal, and irrefutable. We live in a time where <more>
personage, perceptions, and public relations matter more than overview, objectives, conclusions, and endpoints. Reality has been set adrift. It was a brave thing to produce this film because it speaks to a very narrow audience. Most people won't be entertained by the communication mechanism deadpan nor will the understand the message. Few people will be open to perspectives other than those which are preconceived. Some people are not aware and thus cannot acknowledge the wounds and damage that political lies have done to the American process and psyche. To conclude our failed state of affairs, the affairs of a failed nation state our nation state I am not with him because he is certainly not with me no matter how much he tells me otherwise. The cohesion of leadership, truth, and the American way has left the building.It is more of a shame that people won't understand this film, or won't want to. And that is how far we have fallen. Perhaps Rome fell the same way on the sword and misadventure of its own lies and delusion.
I enjoyed it a lot! as a veteran I thought it was hilarious. It also did a decent job at showcasing some of the stuff that makes us soldiers tick, for instance all the political hoopla you have to go through. I have never reviewed a movie on here before, but I felt like I definitely had to talk about this one.
War Machine is a compelling and multi-faceted masterpiece (by ss0187)
War Machine is a profound and politically socially resonant absurdist modern masterpiece that our world needs right now. Brad gives a brilliant, canny, zany, but dark portrait of a general who is undermined by his own hubris, lack of awareness, but also underscored by the flaws of the industrial military complex. This is by far David Michod's best movie and it breaks my heart that a biased agenda against this film is really causing it to be underrated and maligned. War Machine is leagues above Fury and a number of Brad's most recent movies. This is a compelling and deft insight into <more>
military policy and the negative ramifications of occupation/war that the audience rarely sees in movies. It deconstructs the ignorant and yet earnest or possibly well intentioned mechanics of war and invasion. It revels in the gray area of the futility and irony of war.The cast gives impressive performances across the board. Lakeith Stanfield, John Magaro, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Meg Tilly, and the entire cast give great performances. I wish the film would be nominated for a SAG ensemble because the acting is strong and bold across the board. It is one of Brad's top performances ever. War Machine is an anti-establishment and relativist film in nature. There are no traditional antagonists or protagonists to root for. It will get under the skin of liberals and it will anger the extreme conservatives.It is not for the far right or even the far left. This film is enthralling for people who truly understand it. It is an intellectual and emotional journey for the invested viewer who is on the same wavelength. The cinematography from Dariusz Wolski is amazing and the original score from Nick Cave is hauntingly beautiful. The film was so profound and engaging for me. I am very shocked about the reviews, I knew there would be a hateful fringe faction. I know there are critics who are very biased against Brad's movies but they are doing a disservice to the film industry by attacking a film they do not want to understand or accept. It appears they are too invested into making War Machine a controversial debacle for Netflix. Ten years from now or even 20 years from now, this film will be viewed as powerful. All of the dialogue is sharp, multi-faceted, and full of very strong context for people who comprehend the meanings/references underneath. It is humorous and engaging but it require a special kind of intelligence and a certain sociopolitical attitude to truly embrace it. I found myself nodding along in agreement every time the script kept going on about the ramifications of invading countries and it even addresses what the people in Afghanistan has to go through. " You can't help people and kill them at the same time", is a perfect tag line. It is a tonally blunt satire about the military and the current inadequate foreign policies that will wake people up. This film resonated with me very profoundly. Brad's performance displays the ignorance and humanity of the General, while displaying a range of both dramatic and sly comedic overtones that is very tongue in cheek. This film is very impressive and should have been a top Oscar contender given how timely and crucial the subject material is right now. This is a intelligent movie about a stupid war where there are no winners.I am disgusted that American Sniper and Hacksaw Ridge received such strong critical acclaim while the biased critics are tearing apart an excellent film like War Machine to shreds. War Machine is our generation's Dr. Strangelove. People may not realize it now but cinemaphiles and historians, in the future, will realize that War Machine was ahead of its time and an incendiary portrait of war in America while being revolutionary its in sardonic attitude about America's foreign policy at the time. David Michod is a genius.
don't believe all those negative commentsthey have gone to their theatre to see a "war" movie, but this is not shallow head rambo they wanted. this is self questioning which we all need to embrace, we the people of the worldone of the best performances of Brad Pitt BUT Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley were unbelievable good. it was İmpossible to tell they were actors. both Tilda and Ben were there to save the soul of the movie, they didn't act, they were living the events that were being told. Tilda 's was one of the best performances if not the best in her carrier. <more>
overall a surprisingly honest movie to teach us how to question our decisions. the scene chaplin prayed blewed my mind. as it courageously showed how israel's politics became America's religionafter the movie people were saying there happened nothing, no action, no gore, no explosion. they missed all the point. DECİSİONS, FEELİNGS, QUESTİONİNG happened as they should be.a must see movie for the ones who hasn't lost their thinking ability
I really enjoyed this film simply because it took a very serious subject, poked at it a bit but without causing too much pain. It is a satirical account of the exploits of General McCrystal which eventually led to his removal as commander of the troops in Afghanistan with President Obama as commander-in-chief. Brad Pitt portrays General McMahon as a man willing to devote his life to the Army, and has done just that. He does an excellent job in the role. Anthony Michael Hall gives an over the top performance as a ranking member of McMahon's team. The supporting cast that make up the rest <more>
of the team are equally as convincing as McMahon's minions who are at his beck and call. Meg Tilly is very good as McMahon's wife of 30 years who points out to him that they have spent a total of 30 days together in 8 years. Talk about long suffering. McMahon is portrayed as a man with a sense of complete control yet bit by bit it is taken away.
Everything I saw about the movie before I saw the movie pointed to a bold critique of US foreign policy and war politics, so I didn't expect an action filled nail-biter. It did deliver what I expected, and did so phenomenally. The issues the movie brings up and the things the characters said really, truly couldn't have been said more openly and directly. As the narrator would have you know, it's going to fall on deaf ears where it matters the most, granted, but it's one heck of a catharsis session all the same.Where the progression of events gets too slow, the brilliant acting <more>
comes to the rescue. Pitt's performance didn't look to me as smooth and believable as it used to be, but Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley blew my mind. With their impeccable accents and spot on mannerisms, it was near impossible to tell they were just actors save for their very familiar faces . There were a few pretty funny lines, too.To anyone who doesn't mind listening to dialogue and watching out for subtle goings-on, this movie is a must, MUST see.
I watch the movie the day it released. I should say its entertaining and partially funny. I saw lots of people here are very negative about the movie, well, that's a reality of the US/NATO operations in Afganistan! I like this sentence from the movie: "We cannot help them and kill them at the same time."
If you have Netflix, I'd definitely give it a try. (by Hellmant)
'WAR MACHINE': Four Stars Out of Five A satirical war film based on the nonfiction book 'The Operators' by Michael Hastings , about the firing of United States Army General Stanley McChrystal. The movie was written and directed by David Michod who also helmed the 2010 critically acclaimed crime drama 'ANIMAL KINGDOM', and the 2014 post-apocalyptic thriller 'THE ROVER' . It stars Brad Pitt, Emory Cohen, Anthony Michael Hall, RJ Cyler, Anthony Hayes, Topher Grace, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Daniel Betts, Aymen Hamdouchi, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Meg <more>
Tilly, Alan Ruck, Ben Kingsley and Tilda Swinton. It was released on Netflix to mostly positive reviews from critics. I really enjoyed it too. The story is narrated by Rolling Stones reporter Sean Cullen McNairy . He was assigned to interview Four-star General Glen McMahon Pitt , a fictional character based on General Stanley McChrystal, and his men, about their service in Afghanistan. Cullen explains how McMahon was hired to end the war there, but instead he felt the obsessive need to win it. This ultimately lead to his firing sadly . The movie is a pretty insightful look at war, and those who have to be involved with it. Some very much love their job, like the General in this movie, and as the film points out they usually mean well. The film does a great job of making characters like that that might be played as villains in other movies very sympathetic. Pitt does a great job in the role too, and Michod is definitely a very skilled director. I was touched by this film multiple times; and it's funny, and quite depressing, all at the same time as well. If you have Netflix, I'd definitely give it a try.