The first trailer for Netflix's War Machine has arrived, and ... well, look, you're either onboard with what Brad Pitt's doing here or you're not.
Take a look.
Based on Michael Hastings' The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, David Michôd's War Machine has a lot going for it: it's timely, it's a dark satire (we need as many dark satires as we can get right now, if you ask me), it features an absolutely incredible cast (in addition to Pitt, you've got Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton and Sir Ben Kingsley), and it's on Netflix, so we can safely assume that Michôd was able to make precisely the movie he wanted to make. All good things.
And yet, 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.
By the way, here's an official synopsis:
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.
War Machine lands on Netflix on May 26th. We're all gonna watch it.