War Dogs review

The true story of two twenty something arms dealers.

You know what I hate? YouTube ads! Back in March I was trying to watch a video on YouTube, and a trailer for War Dogs popped up. I could have skipped the ad after five seconds, but I was intrigued. I don’t remember what video I was watched, but I remember this trailer. I love Jonah Hill and Miles Teller has really been impressing me. Todd Phillips directed this movie. I like the first Hangover movie, and I don’t hate Due Date, so I was hoping that War Dogs would be his best film yet!

I find this movie fascinating! This film lives on the story and the performances from Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. First things first: Jonah Hill plays a terrible horrible person! He’s very crass, rude, loud, and conniving. Once you see him, you don’t trust him. Miles Teller also did a great job playing the every man. I really like his chemistry with Jonah Hill. If I saw that they were in another movie together, I would get excited. Now the supporting cast was ok, but no one was really memorable. They were all kind of generic B players.

The second thing that this movie has going for it is the story. This story is really interesting. In fact I would say that this film was more interesting than it was entertaining. You’re into the story, but the movie never really explodes.You know what I mean? I was waiting for this movie the hit an awesome level and it never did. It felt like this movie was walking the line between awesome and dry. Seriously this movie was right in the middle, but there was never a moment when I was like “YES!” Granted I was rooting for Miles Teller, but that was more because of the dynamic between Jonah Hill and himself.

I feel like this story may have been too much for director Todd Phillips to handle. This film feels a little diet Scorsese to me. This film feels like 21 meets Wolf of Wall Street. You know, a bunch of kids find a sketchy way to make money and then they live for extreme excess? I truly feel like if Scorsese had his hand on this story, this movie could have been great. Still, this is a good movie in Todd Phillips hands. I feel like Phillips took a big risk with this movie, and it paid off. I’d like to see him handle more films in this genre because I do think that he’s growing as a film maker.

This film struggles with pacing and tone. The first act is pretty funny and fast paced, but the second act is a little dry. Finally the third act is really tense and dramatic. This almost feels like three different movies.

At the end of the day, I think this is a good movie. I can see myself buying the Blu Ray. Maybe not at full price, but I think that this is a film that I would eventually like to own. If you like these actors, or political comedy is your cup of tea, I think you’ll like this movie.

War Dogs B

And that ends the summer movie season for me. Pretty disappointing summer in my opinion, but I’m hoping that Oscar season will have some gems. Guys, thank you so much for reading my reviews and my lists. I don’t know what movie will spark my interests next, but I’ll be back here to write about whatever that movie is soon.

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