Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, J. B. Blanc, Bradley Cooper, Barry Livingston and Bryan Chesters
Director: Todd Phillips
Producer: Mark Gordon, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips
Writer: Jason Smilovic, Todd Phillips and Stephen Chin
Slaps:Screenplay and Direction
What's New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Efraim Diveroli offers childhood friend David Packouz a chance to get rid of his life as a massage therapist and make big bucks by becoming an international arms dealer. Together, they exploit a government initiative that allows businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts. Starting small allows the duo to rake in money and live the high life. They soon find themselves in over their heads after landing a $300 million deal to supply Afghan forces- a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people.
Performances: The best thing about the entire movie is Jonah Hill. He is complete delight as Efraim Diveroli. Right from his weird laughter and crazy antics to changing colour like a chameleon, the man does it all and plays the rat living on crumbs with complete conviction.
Miles Teller is a fantastic actor too. Sadly, he has been given the role too clichéd and poorly written despite being the narrator. Nevertheless, he does complete justice to his part of David Packouz and carries the movie on his shoulders along with Hill.
It is the chemistry between Hill and Teller that makes this one worth the watch!
Direction: Direction: One really can’t expect this movie to be as insane and wild as Phillip’s ‘The Hangover’ or its other instalments. But what goes lacking here is the balance between the reality quotient of the movie and the entertainment factor; making us question about what exactly was Phillip trying to convey through this movie!
Was it a fun flick all about two arm-dealers having fun? Or was it about greed, the dark side of the business and the people involved in it? It’s about both- but as said before, the director fails to maintain the balance.
Since Hill and his antics are the only source of entertainment in ‘War Dogs’, the writers made sure that only he gets a well-sketched character, while the rest are just left to play their parts irrespective of how badly their character has been written.
Overall, ‘War Dogs’ just ends up being an average flick that doesn’t have much to offer than a few genuine laughs.
Combo-On-Offer: Comedy + Drama
Verdict: Apart from a few funny moments, a wonderful performance by Jonah Hill and convincing act by Miles Teller, ‘War Dogs’ doesn’t have much to offer and hence, we give it SLAPS.