Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in Movie Review Theater, we will be answering questions about War Dogs.
Did you make it to the end of the movie? Not only did I make it to the end of this movie, I was satisfied with the ending and wanted to know more about the real life story. I'm not sure that you could ask anything more from a movie based on a true story. I have several strong to quite strong feelings about The Hangover trilogy, but I have arrived at the realization that Todd Phillips is an excellent director and the last two were faults in the studio/money grabs. He knows talent and he knows good scripts, so there is no other explanation.
The fact that Phillips does know talent, specifically comedy wise with him being behind Old School and The Hangover, made this dramatic turn end up even better. The movie is about guns and war on the surface, but Phillips managed to make it fun and entertaining from the very beginning. To find a movie that is serious and dramatic, but also really funny is a dangerous high wire act that Phillips pulls off. He pulls it off so well because the movie was written for Jonah Hill, who is a staple of the Seth Rogen comedy crew, but has also been nominated for two Oscars. Nobody could have pulled this character off better than Hill.
Would you be embarrassed to see this movie with your mom? No, and in fact I would recommend this movie to her. There isn't nudity (although there are several nods to acquiring the services of a prostitute) and the language isn't nearly as bad as I expected. Plus, Bradley Cooper shows up for a few scenes and if there is anything that moms like, it's Bradley "don't call me Brad" Cooper.
What drink would pair the best with this movie? A nice champagne because the majority of this movie you are going to want to pop the top and celebrate.
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? I really wanted to hate Jonah Hill in this movie. I'm not sure what it is about him that rubs me the wrong way, but I really do not care for his arrogant personality when I hear him speak. He's freaking fantastic in this movie though and he fills a role in Hollywood that nobody else can fill (that's not a fat joke). Every choice that Hill made for this movie, from the weight gain, to the hair, to the ridiculous laugh shouldn't work at all, but all of them do work and work well. You go from hating him to loving him to hating him even more than you did the first time, all in the span of a couple of hours. I know that they are selling this movie as Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, but Hill carries this movie and Teller really is "the other guy" here.
If you see this on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? This is going to end up in the cable rotation for years and years to come. It'll start out on HBO or Showtime and I'll get sucked into it over and over because there are several parts that are either crazy or very funny. After that it'll end up on TNT every Saturday and Sunday as a double feature with Limitless for the 8,000th time. I'm still going to watch it then too because it doesn't need to have a ton of edits to it. This is going to have an epic cable run and I'm going to be there over and over again, I'm calling it now. I would even go see it again in the theater today because it really is that entertaining.
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10 stars
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