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.
The Jungle Book follows the man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.
If more than anything this live action adaptation helmed by Jon Favreau, the first of two with the Warner Brother’s adaptation headed by Andy Serkis to be released in 2018, it’s a brilliant visual achievement and blends reality with the computer generated and voice acted animals accompanied by Neel Sathir’s Mowgli. It’s an imaginative interpretation that adequately captures the spirit of the original 1894 novel written by Rudyard Kipling and mixing it with the known and well loved songs of the 1967 Disney animated film, bringing it to life in a new way.
Growing up, I never was a fan of the story or the Disney film but this doesn’t mean the film wasn’t enjoyable. I understood the themes and of friendship, family, compassion, love, and survival, and was satisfied with the ending even though this adaptation proved itself, in a positive way, to deviate a little from it’s original source material. The enormity of the project helps the audience engage in the tale assisted by the stellar ensemble providing quite an emotional connection and charm for many to the story although I still remain entirely convinced by the film that possibly can be pinned down to the inability to truly connect with the project.
Overall, I enjoyed the film even though I wasn’t entirely a fan of the original story growing up.