War Dogs is director/co-writer Todd Phillips first foray into more ‘serious’ filmmaking. He has a long history of making successful comedies ranging from Old School to the Hangover, he’s kind of become an expert at making bro-friendly films. So, it’s a little interesting seeing him tackle some more serious subject matter. Two childhood friends who become international arms dealers is quite a step away from an out of control bucks night. The story on display here is a lot more…
While it has a plethora of great characters with some fantastic performances anchored by Margot Robbie and Will Smith, an under-cooked script, generic action sequences and pacing issues turn what should have been a turning point in the DCCU into just another disappointment.
I honestly think this is a more enjoyable watch than BVS, but WB needs to get their act together and realise that the script is the main priority. This film is a mess mainly because the effort wasn't put in to tell a well crafted story. I'm starting to lose faith that they'll ever turn it around. We'll see, I guess.
This is one of the most intense and enthralling character pieces I have seen on film. The film has it's flaws, that's to be sure. Some have argued that the score is a let down and I personally feel that the side-characters, in particular Riz Ahmed's Rick, were a little under-drawn. The love and attention of this film is clearly and definitely focused on the character of Louis Bloom, portrayed through a phenomenal performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.
Louis Bloom is…
Matthew Vaughn has gone on record recently stating that audiences are sick of the ‘grim’ and ‘dark’ Christopher Nolan style comic book films. You only need to look at this man’s record to see that he definitely practices what he preaches. Boasting a filmography including Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class it’s very clear that Vaughn tends towards the bright, colourful and fun side of the comic book spectrum. In his latest work, Vaughn has developed another comic book property…