Need a Heart to Watch This, First They Killed My Father Film Review

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First They Killed My Father Courtesy of Wikipedia

First They Killed My Father Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

 

Angelina Jolie is famous for her adopted children and ex-husband Brad Pitt but she is gaining praise and fame for her work as a director. From the first directorial film In The Land of Blood and Honey, she made it clear that her subjects will be those that changed the world or people. After making Unbroken, By The Sea, she has made First They Killed My Father. This film has been based on the same name book written by Loung Ung who has co-written the script with Jolie.

 

 

 

 

This is the powerful story of how the Khmer Rouge regime recruited child soldiers in Cambodia. We follow 5-year-old Loung’s journey through this terrible ordeal where their simple life is uprooted. Angelina shows the dark reality that starts to unfold as the Americans leave Vietnam in 1975 and the Khmer Rouge ride into Cambodia to take over the nation.

You need a brave heart to watch the atrocities the poor children go through and how they are losing their family. Getting into Loung’s shoes is tough but it happened and director Angelina is honest in her approach. She never forgets to show us the situation from Loung’s eyes and you have to appreciate this heartfelt story of loss and transformation in the end.

Angelina is establishing herself as credible director and this career will surely last long. This was the first film she included her son Max as an Executive Producer, thus a new family legacy is starting.

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Professional Brad- War Machine Film Review

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War Machine Courtesy Screen Rant

War Machine Courtesy Screen Rant

Brad Pitt is known for his good looks and excellent dialogue delivery in war films like Inglorious Bastards and Allied. When it came to the Netflix film War Machine, there is a new twist.

David Michod who has come from a list of short films and documentaries has directed war Machine. David has taken his career a notch higher with this satirical war film.

General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) has been assigned to end the Afghanistan war and with his successful career so far, all is meant to go smoothly until it is not. The zig zag from one military guy to another, his unusual way of talking and handling tasks and the sarcastic trio between Ben Kingsley (President Hamid Karzai), Reggie Brown (President Obama) and Tilda Swinton (representing Germany) is cool.

Based on the book The Operators by Michael Hastings, this satirical film is a good collection for militainment from Hollywood. If only this party would have real for Afghanistan then this “friendship war” would have finished off nicely.

War Machine is a good watch for Brad Pitt fans, his sarcastic attitude is always just around the corner and creeps up in style.

A Love Story That Was, Film Review Allied

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Allied

When the world heard about the Brangelina break-up it was inconsolable. But Mr Brad Pitt has bounced back on the silver screen with the Second World War film, Allied starring opposite Marion Cotillard.

The film has been directed by Robert Zemeckis who made the iconic Forrest Gump so expectations were high from this war love story.

Max Vatan, a Canadian Officer is sent on a secret mission to Morocco and has to pretend to be Mariaane Beausejour’s husband. However it does not take long for both them to turn their fake relationship into a real one and Max even manages to get Mariaane into the possibly only safest place during the war, London.

They have a child, but they are also carrying a secret, or perhaps Marianne is. Max is faced with an unusual choice and it is decision of duty over love, which one will he choose and is there a third one?

This is the passionate love story of two of the most beautiful actors in Hollywood right now, the ever-handsome Brad Pitt and sultry Marion Cotillard. Rumors were very strong at some point that this film could have caused the break up of Brad and Angelina Jolie’s marriage.

If you want to head back in time and experience a love story under bombshells and dressed in stylish costumes (by the way Costume Designer Joanna Johnston was nominated for an Academy Award), then indulge in this film.

Excellent work by Brad as the conflicted husband and Marion is clever in playing two-dimensional characters.