War Dogs (2016)

From Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover Trilogy) comes the Comedy/Drama, War Dogs. War Dogs based on the Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. The article follows two arms dealers, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, starting off with small gun dealing contracts but eventually get a government contract to supply weapons for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The film stars Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana De Armas, J.B. Blanc, and Bradley Cooper.

First off, Jonah Hill has come a long way from being the chubby comedian. He has evolved in so many roles especially in this one. He plays Efraim Diveroli, the foul-mouthed arms dealer. He plays the hilarious jerks so well especially here. But Jonah, that laugh was hilarious and added so much to the character. At points, it was very distracting but it wasn’t much of a negative factor. Miles Teller plays David Packouz, the certified masseuse turned arms dealer. David gets convinced into the arms dealing business by Efraim, also his girlfriend becomes pregnant. Miles Teller did an exceptional job but was wooden in some scenes. The story revolves him and his point of narrative. Teller brought more of the dramatic side while Jonah brought more of the comedy.

Ultimately, that was my main issue with the film. War Dogs did focus on the dramatic side of this story but the comedy overpowered some of the serious scenes. Also, I felt like there wasn’t enough time to see their success as a company but instead we ultimately dive into the tragic fall of an empire.

Director Todd Phillips in his first dramatic picture, keeps the fun all the way. War Dogs is a funny but serious film with a great story and great characters. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller have great chemistry and while it shifts back and front from a comedy to a drama, it didn’t overhaul my total experience. It may not be perfect but it’s well-crafted and throughly engaging. It might be the start of more Todd Phillips drama films and if they are like this, I’m all aboard for it. My SuperSam Rating is a 8/10.

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