I was definitely eager to see this movie. I love Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, and the marketing was extremely compelling, as it looked to be quite hilarious. Despite middling reviews, I still maintained my optimism, and I can not say that I was disappointed.
A general trend that I have noticed with filmmaking is that when a well-known, stylistic director takes on a true story, the film tends to maintain their style. Sometimes, it doesn't work, such as Tim Burton's "Big Eyes". Sometimes it does, and I think that this film fits into that category. This film has a lot of great humor, and a lot of it is centered around the mannerisms of Jonah Hill's character. The character has a quite short temper, and it provides for some extremely funny moments in the film. I don't think that the film would have been quite as enjoyable if it were not for the humor. There have been plenty of arms-smuggler dramas, and the comedic elements make it stand out.
The film is very character-driven. They are well-written, and likable, but flawed characters. Jonah Hill's character is very dynamic, and is the best part of the film. His personality undergoes many flips, with the audience loving the character at times and hating him at others. Miles Teller's character also develops well throughout the film. His journey is what allows the audience to relate to the film. Both actors do a phenomenal job of capturing the personalities of the characters.
The cinematography of the film is really great, as is the narrative structure. The film's style is reminiscent of that of "The Big Short", a similarly comedic true-story film. One of my biggest critiques of the film is that the chapter titles (for lack of a better word) reveal a bit too much.
So overall, I really enjoyed "War Dogs". I thought that it was pretty well-made, and is definitely better than the average raunchy comedy.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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