‘War Machine’ suffers from uneven pacing and scenes that just don’t make sense.

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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.

Film-O-Meter: 5/10.

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‘Brooklyn’ proves to restore faith in good filmmaking.

Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey set in the 1950s between Ireland and New York as she has to choose between two men and two countries.

One of the better films at the London Film Festival this year, Brooklyn is based off the book by the same name by. Even though it maybe of an Irish girl in a foreign city sixty plus years in the past, it still essentially tells a strong story of moving away from home to create a new life in somewhere unfamiliar, find love, and setting a course for your own future.

Although there is nothing new with this story, it works with these recurring themes well. It’s a charmingly sweet period drama penned beautifully by Nick Hornby.

Saoirse Ronan, who plays the lead Eilis, fulfils her role delicately and sincerly. She makes her characters issues, even though they may be selfish insignificant, makes the audience hope that her pain and homesickness may ease. Ronan continues to prove her acting strength years after her Oscar nominated performance for Atonement.

Right from the beginning, the characters feel real and relatable. Ronan almost towers over her partner, Tony played by Emory Cohen, but this factor is something that can easily be ignored as their natural chemistry gives them a true authenticity of a true life couple as opposed to the Hollywood ideal.

Brooklyn proves to restore faith in good filmmaking and a well told story without the excessive twists and effects with hardly a dull moment.

Film-O-Meter: 8/10.