Watch: Brad Pitt Leads U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in 'War Machine' Trailer

Watch: Brad Pitt Leads U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in 'War Machine' Trailer

Mar 30, 2017

A true story about the War in Afghanistan is heading to Netflix, and no it's not another one of their serious, award-winning documentaries. It's fun and has Anthony Michael Hall playing General Mike Flynn and stars Brad Pitt with a silly accent giving a speech to a bunch of soldiers!

Yeah, you'll get a slight Inglourious Basterds feel at the start of this new trailer:

When it comes out: May 26 (exclusively on Netflix)

Who is in it: Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Keith Stanfield, Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Meg Tilly, John Magaro

What it is about: Based on the 2012 book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, the movie is about real-life General Stanley McChrystal during his time as Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. But his and others' names are changed. Pitt has that lead role while Hall's part is based on General Flynn. Kingsley is, however, playing former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, actual name in tact. The war film is directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom).

How the new trailer is: It's hard to get a full sense of the tone and direction of the film, but I can definitely see why the reworked, more comedic adaptation has been compared to Wag the Dog. I also see some Three Kings. In fact, Pitt kind of seems to be doing his best Clooney type. Of course, this is about real events, a lot of it involving tragedies of war, so the humor better be earned. And that amazing ensemble cast better all be put to good use.

What other people are saying:

"Probably the last thing you’d expect from the director of gritty Aussie crime drama Animal Kingdom is a searing, Coen brothers-level satire of the American war in Afghanistan." - Britt Hayes, Screen Crush

"We see Pitt looking like a veritable parody of the American fighting man, squinting and jutting his jaw like a well-groomed, made-for-TV Sgt. Rock...on the surface [his performance] looks like something from a Coen Brothers movie." - Dan Zinski, ScreenRant

"That voice Brad Pitt is doing ... if we're being honest, it's a bit grating. Let's hope that it's not so distracting in the actual film." - Scott Wampler, Birth.Movies.Death

 

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