Based on the nonfiction book The Operators by Michael Hastings.
Director: David Michod
Writers: Michael Hastings (book), David Michod (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro.
This film is a fictionalized dark comedy and retelling of the nonfiction book The Operator’s written by Michael Hastings and is based on the events surrounding former General McChrystal during the Afghanistan conflict. This movie is the first Netflix big budget movie attempt of the year and it rates a little higher than mediocre in my opinion. I know this movie is meant to be political at it’s core, and is meant to criticize the mistakes that took place in the Afghanistan conflict. In some ways it does a good job of that. It just doesn’t quite hit the mark overall.
Brad Pitt does a fine job portraying a man who is self-centered, and egotistical, but in a way that you actually like him.The character Brad Pitt plays is General Glenn McMahon, and his mission is to turn the war around in Afghanistan and win no matter what the politicians say. The General’s problem is that he feels he is the only one that can do this, and he also has a vision of greatness for himself that he is not aware of. It doesn’t help that he surrounds himself with an inner circle of men who love him and subconsciously feed his ego. Again I have to say Brad Pitt plays this character well, he really makes you like this guy, because the general does mean well and you can see why his inner circle really loves him, and why he lets his guard down around them. This eventually leads to some issues of his own making. Well let me move on, as you can expect for a war film there are some military action towards the end of the movie, and also the politics of war are addressed. I stated before this is a dark comedy and that is done okay, it just is missing something that I cannot put my finger on and is hard for me to explain (you all will have to watch yourselves and let me know). With that said, I am glad that I watched it because it is an okay movie, and I like what Netflix is trying to do here. So I will give War Machine a 6 out of 10.