War Machine tells the story of a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.
Going into this film, I was a little excited as it boasted the Producer’s of The Big Short and Australian writer/director David Michôd from Animal Kingdom and The Rover fame. However, Netflix film seems like a waste of talent and money. Actor/Producer Brad Pitt used to be such a good actor but recently hasn’t been anything of note and just seems like a bad decision for all parties involved.
For a budget of USD$60million, it felt like nothing but a television movie. There was nothing creative about the film and everything about it is bland. One of the major issues is that the film is just flat, so generic, and failed to capture any of the magic of the Producer’s or David Michôd’s previous work. There’s no build up, nothing at stake, and all in all just very safe. With such heavy exposition, a big no-no for any writer and filmmaker, it’s no surprise the film didn’t turn out.
War Machine suffers from uneven pacing and scenes that just don’t make sense. It seems like the film was supposed to be comedic but just didn’t work out. It’s a mess that’s watchable.