Image accredited to Warner Bros

Image accredited to Warner Bros

With War Dogs now available on Amazon Video and iTunes and the physical release coming in a few weeks, it’s the perfect time to talk about the newest film from Todd Phillips, best known for cult classics like Road trip and Old School, and of course the Hangover trilogy.

The film stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as 20-somethings who start selling guns during the Iraq war. While this movie is supposedly based on a true story it tells you that some events are dramatized and there are a few fictional characters. It’s been advertised as the first dramatic film directed by Todd Phillips, but I think of it as more of a comedy. Not to say that it’s a laugh out loud film, but the dramatic scenes are few and far between. If you’re going to watch this movie you should not go into it expecting a heart-breaking story. In its core, this is a movie that looks at how much you can do with confidence and resilience.

Now lets talk about the movie itself. The story, like I said, is true and based on an amazing rolling stones article (link will be at the end of the article) and while nothing special, it does not get boring in the 2 hour runtime. Our “heroes” aren’t your typical movie protagonists, they aren’t even likable human beings, especially Jonah Hill as Efraim Diverolli who is a horrible person throughout the whole film, but he play the role so well that you cannot help but to like him. He is devious and does not care for anyone but himself. Teller plays his character great as well; you cannot help but sympathise with him about how his life did not turn out how he expected and what he has to do to take care of his family. We also get a few memorable supporting performances from Kevin Pollak and Bradley Cooper. The latter plays an Arms Dealer named Henry Girard and while we get only a few scenes with him every time he is on screen he steals the spotlight from the main characters. We also have Ana De Armas playing Teller’s wife. There is nothing wrong with her performance but she is there for no real reason and does not have anything much to do. Honestly I think that the supporting cast are not given enough time for us to care about them.

The highlight of the film for me is the soundtrack. Like a few summer movies who did not receive stellar reviews, (I’m of course talking about Suicide Squad), this movie has a great licensed soundtrack with songs from The Who and Aerosmith. The soundtrack overall works well with the tone of the movie. The only other thing I need to say is that while the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, by the end you do care about what happens to the main characters.

All things considered, this is a fun dramatic-comedy film. While it’s not going to win any awards for how great it is, if you are a fan of Todd Phillips or Jonah Hill, check it out – you will have a blast watching it!


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