Tuesday, March 29, 2016

'War Dogs' trailer promises wild war comedy

Few comedies have struck the cultural zeitgeist as strongly as The Hangover did back in 2009. Billed as a raucous and wild R-rated comedy, the first adventure for The Wolfpack (led by Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) received fantastic reviews and made $467 million worldwide. The sequels were underwhelming and poorly received, but there's no denying the impact that the original had. Director Todd Phillips, also known for Due Date and Old School, was a large part of that success. Unfortunately, in the years since The Hangover Part III crashed and burned at the box office, Phillips has nearly vanished. But now, after a three-year hiatus, Phillips is roaring back with War Dogs, a mix of war action and the director's traditional comedic insanity. Similar to Adam McKay's transition to Oscar-winning dramedy with The Big Short, War Dogs will provide a big change of pace for the director. Check out the first trailer for the movie below.

Originally titled Arms and the Dudes, War Dogs definitely looks like a bro-tastic story. And I gotta be honest, after watching that trailer, I'm pretty excited for this film. It looks like a fascinating mix of the "How the hell did this happen?" story of Pain & Gain mixed with the drug-fueled insanity of The Wolf of Wall Street. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are two of the best working young actors today, and they both seem like perfect fits for their respective roles. It is sorta interesting that Hill is playing a Donny Azoff-like role so shortly after Wolf, but then again, he looks like a good fit for the part so I'm not complaining. The tricky thing with this movie will be finding a way to make these unlikable characters seem a little more compelling. Wolf did it well, but this is a major aspect where Pain & Gain failed miserably- after all, it's pretty hard to sympathize with murderers. I think that Phillips will be able to pull it off, and I'm incredibly intrigued by this energizing first trailer.

War Dogs stars Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana De Armas, Bradley Cooper, Brenda Koo and JB Blanc and will hit theaters on August 19.

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