War Machine, based on the Michael Hastings book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, is getting the Netflix treatment. It’s also getting the Brad Pitt treatment.
Yes, Pitt is back playing an idiosyncratic, quirky military dude, pulling all of his now-recognizable stunts with the character. See for yourself:
In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates 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 anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story 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 his own hubris and a journalist’s no-holds-barred expose. War Machine addresses the debt we owe to soldiers to question the purposes to which they are being directed.
The tics, the hair, the weird accent, the flippant delivery, that jaw-jutting thing… it’s all here. I don’t mind Brad Pitt’s cooky acting style from time to time, but it’s not for everyone. Plus, David Michôd directed the fantastic Animal Kingdom, so have faith in that.
War Machine will open on Netflix May 26.